As Kaohsiung City mayoral by-election is less than two weeks away, polls have shown signs of a "golden cross" between the support ratings for Kuomintang candidate Jane Lee and Wu Yi-jheng from Taiwan People's Party. There have been reports that tactical voting may be in play to direct votes to one of them.
Jane Lee, the Kuomintang's candidate for the upcoming Kaohsiung City mayoral by-election, and Wu Yi-jheng, the Taiwan People's Party candidate, attended the groundbreaking ceremony for a traditional market on Aug. 4. Lee's father is the general manager of Kaohsiung Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Company, so she is familiar with traditional markets. Meanwhile, Wu was accompanied by Legislator Tsai Pi-ru. There are less than two weeks before the by-election, and there are reports that tactical voting may be in play.
You still have to respect the wishes of voters, even if there is tactical voting. That's why we're continuing with our campaign process and working hard.
Wu said the policy presentation on Aug. 1 shook up the election. Meanwhile, the TPP announced the results of an opinion poll it conducted. It showed that Wu's support rating rose from 7.7 percent to 11.5 percent, while Lee's support rating fell from 13.9 percent to 12.8 percent for a difference of only 1.3 percent with Wu.
The higher the number of informed people, the greater our support. I think the policy presentation on Aug. 1 brought about great changes in terms of informed people, and our support is doubling.
I think any tactical voting would be a malicious attempt to manipulate the election. It's so unfair to those who are campaigning hard.
Democratic Progressive Party candidate Chen Chi-mai is currently leading in opinion polls. On Aug. 3, he canvassed for votes in a motorcade. He sent a message to his two opponents amid rumors of tactical voting, saying residents care about who will be the best mayor, not who will be discarded and who will be retained.