Gyeonggi Province to Be Hardest-Fought Battleground in Local Elections

  • By Hong Young-lim

    May 27, 2022 12:12

    Gyeonggi Province surrounding Seoul, which is home to 13 million people, will be the biggest battleground in the June 1 local elections.

    Minjoo Party's former presidential candidate Kim Dong-yeon, who later joined hands with stronger rival Lee Jae-myung, will compete against Kim Eun-hye, President Yoon Suk-yeol's former spokeswoman.

    The race for Gyeonggi governor and mayor of Incheon is a tight race between the main opposition and ruling parties. Lee faces a neck-and-neck race in Gyeyang district, Incheon against novice People Power Party candidate Yoon Hyung-sun, the latest polls suggest.

    Yoon's campaign strategy of promoting his bond with the suburb where he has lived for 25 years contrasts with Lee's, who has just moved there less than a month before the elections.

    Kim Dong-yeon (left) and Kim Eun-hye

    The polls also put the Minjoo Party's gubernatorial candidate Kim Dong-yeon just a sliver ahead with 45.2 percent of the PPP's Kim Eun-hye with 44.3 percent. Independent candidate and lawyer Kang Yong-suk trails way behind with just 2.7 percent.

    The race for Incheon mayor is also too close to call between the PPP and Minjoo Party.

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