The Perfect Storm: How the DPP Lost Its 20-Year Hold on Kaohsiung

Things couldn’t have gone much worse for the DPP in Kaohsiung than they did in 2018.

The News Lens
Date: 2018/11/29
By: David Evans

Credit: AP / TPG

For 20 years, the city of Kaohsiung has been the capital of deep-Green southern Taiwan. Ever since democratic reforms finally handed the people of Taiwan the right the choose their leaders, they have opted for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidates.

Regardless of which party was governing the country or the status of relations with China, Kaohsiung’s commitment to the ideals and values of the DPP have not wavered. Until now.

In last Saturday’s local elections, KMT candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜) defied all odds and predictions to defeat DPP candidate Chen Chi-mai (陳其邁) in the race to be mayor. In the end, it wasn’t even close.

While early results had the two neck-and-neck, by the time all the votes had been counted, Han had secured 53.87 percent of the vote to Chen’s 44.8 percent. His margin of victory was more than 150,000 votes.    [FULL  STORY]

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