The Democratic Party said on Sunday that Gyeonggi Province Gov. Lee Jae-myung will be their final presidential candidate for the nearing polls.
With a total votes of 719, 905, Lee won against his major rival, former prime minister Lee Nak-yon, who only got 560, 392 votes during the primary elections in the party.
Former Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae garnered 129, 035 votes while Rep. Park Yong-jin got 22, 261.
The primary elections were conducted by the ruling party at SK Olympic Handball Gymnasium in Songpa-gu Seoul. The poll to identify its final candidate started at 3:30 p.m. and the results were out at 6 p.m.
Following the announcement of the election turnout, Lee stated that he will fulfill the people’s demand for “change and reform.”
He said the result is “A clear and stern order from the people to eliminate unearned income and create a country where working people are respected and live well.”
“I will surely root out corruption among political forces and won’t postpone it for a second. Immediately after election, we will eliminate the stigma of being a country with unearned income from real estate.”
Notably, Lee got higher votes in the primary election as compared to President Moon Jae-in in 2012.
But the final presidential candidate’s real challenge comes after the primary election. The fate of the ruling party in the upcoming election is at risk – whether it can restore “party unity” after the primary election.
“The best strategy for re-creating a new government is “one team,” he said during his speech, as he also thanked his rivals.
“Irrespective of the results, this should be an opportunity to accept (the winner) and become one to meet the calling of Korea’s uninterrupted democracy,” Party leader Song Young-gil, meanwhile, said, The Korea Herald reported.
Amid the bad weather, about 3, 000 supporters have gathered outside the venue to express their support for their bets. Lee’s supporters screamed his name when he went out of the gymnasium.