Chung Mong-joon, a scion of the dysfunctional Hyundai clan and seven-term lawmaker, was elected Monday as the Saenuri Party candidate for Seoul mayor.
Chung won 3,198 votes or 71.1 percent in a party election, defeating former prime minister Kim Hwang-sik, who won 21.3 percent, and former two-term legislator Lee Hye-hoon, who won 7.6 percent.
The tally consisted of ballots cast by party members and an opinion poll in a ratio of 8:2.
Chung was the expected victor, but the margin surprised observers since he garnered three times more votes than Kim, who had the backing of party officials loyal to President Park Geun-hye.
“This is going to be an important election to pick a mayor who can awaken the sleeping Seoul and take care of jobs and welfare,” Chung said afterwards.
Asked whether he has any plans to run for the presidency in 2017, Chung said he wishes to focus on the mayorship over the next four years.