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The Minjoo Dang’s Landslide: My article for The National Interest

Moon Jae-in Wins Big Mandate in Historic Korean Elections By Mitchell Blatt, The National Interest The ruling Democratic Party of Korea won an unprecedented landslide in South Korea’s 21st General Election, held April 15. Not only did the Democrats win an outright majority, they are close to winning a 60% super-majority. After three years of… Continue reading The Minjoo Dang’s Landslide: My article for The National Interest

Democrats win historic majority!

The Democratic Party has won a historic majority in Korea’s 21st General Election. The Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) projects the Democrats will win 174 of the National Assembly’s 300 seats. Yesterday, Korean Election Blog.com analyst Lee Jong-eun said my bold prediction of 160 seats for the Democrats–at a time when most Korean newspapers were projecting… Continue reading Democrats win historic majority!

Election Predictions: Democratic Party (Minjoo) expected to win control of Assembly on Wednesday, w/ btwn 147-160 seats

It is the week we have all been waiting for! Koreans vote for their legislature on April 15. Early voting already took place on April 10-11. Yonhap predicts the Democrats will win 147 seats of the 300 in the National Assembly. That would give the Minjoo Dang a clear plurality, which would mean control of… Continue reading Election Predictions: Democratic Party (Minjoo) expected to win control of Assembly on Wednesday, w/ btwn 147-160 seats

Democrats’ nemesis Na Kyung-won takes lead in Seoul’s battleground Dongjak B district

A new survey just reported in Korea by JoWon C&I, commissioned by the Gugmin Ilbo and CBS found UFP incumbent Na Kyung-won in the lead by 3 points in the battleground district of Dongjak B, one of the most hotly contested in the country. As I wrote in the Korea Times in March, the Democratic… Continue reading Democrats’ nemesis Na Kyung-won takes lead in Seoul’s battleground Dongjak B district

Morning polls for Apr 6: Ko maintains lead in top Seoul battleground

Ko Min-jeong, the Democratic nominee in Seoul’s fierecely-contested Gwangjin B district in the east of Seoul just north of the river (featuring Konkuk University station), continues maintains a solid lead over UFP nominee and former Seoul mayor Oh Sye-hoon. Ko’s lead was 9 points in a poll from late March, and now her lead is… Continue reading Morning polls for Apr 6: Ko maintains lead in top Seoul battleground

Justice Party leader and 2017 prez candidate Sim Sang-jung in tight race, leads by 1 in Goyang city

In 1985, Sim Sang-jung was on the run from the law. She was one of the country’s most wanted, for leading labour strikes. In her 20’s she moved from factory to factor, earning enough to scrape by and encouraging her coworkers to demand better wages and treatment. She was eventually caught in 1993 and sentenced… Continue reading Justice Party leader and 2017 prez candidate Sim Sang-jung in tight race, leads by 1 in Goyang city

Democratic Party poised to regain control of North Jeolla, Minsaeng Party leader losing by 32 in his hometown

Honam region in southwestern Korea has long been a progressive, anti-establishment stronghold. It was the site of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, the birthplace of democracy activist Kim Dae-jung, and a a region that reliably returns almost all of its 28 seats to liberals and progressives. But if conservatives are dead on arrival in Honam, which… Continue reading Democratic Party poised to regain control of North Jeolla, Minsaeng Party leader losing by 32 in his hometown

Democratic Party increases lead in national tracking polls with 2 weeks to go

With two weeks until South Korea’s 21st General Election, the Democratic Party of Korea (Minjoo Dang) has a solid 14.6 point lead in the latest survey of voters’ approval ratings of each party. The liberal Democratic Party has maintained a clear lead, with an approval rate over 40 percent, in each survey since late February.… Continue reading Democratic Party increases lead in national tracking polls with 2 weeks to go

Democrats leading in Seoul battleground districts

Democrats lead in four of six Seoul districts Yonhap has previously identified as top-flight battlegrounds. Yonhap, Korea’s public news agency, selected eleven battleground districts earlier in March. Recent polling exists for at least seven of them. The Democrats look poised to hold onto three of the seats among them they currently hold, while the UFP… Continue reading Democrats leading in Seoul battleground districts

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