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Avatar of GI KoreaBy on December 19th, 2012 at 5:26 am

Exit Polls Show Park Geun-hye Leading Korean Presidential Election, KBS Calls the Election for Park

Yonhap is reporting that exit polling is showing that conservative Korean Presidential candidate Park Geun-hye is likely to win the election by a small margin:

Counting the Presidential votes in Korea

SEOUL, Dec. 19 (Yonhap) — Park Geun-hye, the presidential candidate of the ruling conservative Saenuri Party, is expected to win this year’s presidential race by a slim margin Wednesday by securing approximately 50.1 percent of the vote, the nation’s three major broadcasters’ joint exit poll forecast, though other surveys predicted an extremely tight race or a possible win for opposition candidate Moon Jae-in.

The joint exit poll by KBS, MBC, SBS predicted that Park, the daughter of late former President Park Chung-hee, would win a majority, defeating Moon, the standard bearer of the main opposition Democratic United Party (DUP), who is expected to secure 48.9 percent of the vote.

The 1.2 percentage point edge by the 60-year-old candidate Park, however, is within the 1.6 percentage point margin of error in the poll conducted on 86,000 people nationwide. [Yonhap]

KBS News though has already called the race with Park winning by an even larger margin than what the exit polls predicted:

As of 8:45 p.m., KBS, South Korea’s public broadcaster, predicts that ruling Saenuri Party presidential candidate Park Geun-hae is likely to win the race with 51-point-six to 53-point-six percent of the votes against her rival, Moon Jae-in of the main opposition Democratic United Party. KBS predicts Moon will garner 46 to 47-point-nine percent of the votes. [KBS]

If Park does in fact officially win the election do not expect the Korean leftists to remain quiet for long. Remember when they lost in 2008 they manufactured the US beef riots in an attempt to overthrow Lee Myung-bak just a few months after he won the election. I suspect the leftists will look to take advantage of any little issue they can find in the next few months to try and bring down Park. Misbehavior by US troops, the US-ROK SOFA, and the USFK camp pollution issue are some of their favorite targets.

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  • jack
    5:51 am on December 19th, 2012 1

    Sigh.

    A post you missed from a few months ago:

    If Obama in fact officially wins the election do not expect the American rightists to remain quiet for long. I suspect the rightists will look to take advantage of any little issue they can find in the next few months to try and bring down Obama. The manufactured Benghazi scandal and health care are some of their favorite targets.

    You know, I wouldn’t be surprised to visit your house and find all the furniture on the right.

  • kangaji
    6:00 am on December 19th, 2012 2

    I TOLD YOU SO TOM!!! BOO-YAH! You thought Donga was wrong but you just got SMACKED!

  • Innocent Bystander
    6:25 am on December 19th, 2012 3

    #1: Do you know your left from your right?

  • Denny
    6:33 am on December 19th, 2012 4

    American reaction: zzzzz

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    7:37 am on December 19th, 2012 5

    @1- You appear to be quite the sore loser by throwing out unsubstantiated allegations against me. Please provide a link that I was ever pro-Romney and anti-Obama during the last election. I look forward to you posting your retraction.

  • Kangaji
    8:29 am on December 19th, 2012 6

    So on the internet people were claiming that Park Geun Hye had an I-PAD attached to the back of a red bag and they even made a photo-shopped picture with her looking at it supposedly to answer Lee’s questions about stuff like Tax rates during the debate.

    At the rally shown in the following Youtube video at 1:37 she shows everyone the bag and basically calls out the people who started the intenet rumor. I hope that Park Geun-hye does likewise with internet rumors started about US beef imports or USFK.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KTvxyHSbQs

  • Avatar of GI KoreaGI Korea
    8:38 am on December 19th, 2012 7

    It is official now, Park Geun-hye has become the first female President in Korean history:

    http://english.yonhapnews.co.kr/national/2012/12/18/44/0301000000AEN20121218008800315F.HTML

  • King Baeksu
    9:16 am on December 19th, 2012 8

    OK, I’m batting 1000 here for December as far as predictions go.

    Here’s three more:

    Tom won’t be getting any snatch in 2013.

    The Korean will come up the most long-winded rationalization in blogosphere history as to why as his supposedly expert campaign analysis failed to hit any mark, and moreover will continue to come off as amazingly condescending to anyone who isn’t Korean and presumes to opine on Korean politics and culture.

    Finally, USFK will be on full alert in 2013, because you just know North Korea’s going to be pulling some crazy-ass shit.

    The world will not be ending tomorrow, but hopefully North Korea can do us all a favor and end its own world in 2013!

  • Chris In Dallas
    1:53 pm on December 19th, 2012 9

    It’s good to see the electorate of the Republic of Korea haven’t lost their collective minds like happened in the USA a couple months ago :lol:!

  • guitard
    7:17 pm on December 19th, 2012 10

    King Baeksu wrote:

    OK, I’m batting 1000 here for December as far as predictions go.

    Here’s three more:

    Tom won’t be getting any snatch in 2013.

    You forgot a key phrase regarding Tom . . . it should read:

    As in all previous years, Tom won’t be getting any snatch in 2013.”

  • Teadrinker
    9:27 pm on December 19th, 2012 11

    #9,

    :roll:

  • Kingkitty
    1:06 pm on December 21st, 2012 12

    Hey Jack?

    What is the purpose of your post?

    “Sigh.

    A post you missed from a few months ago:

    “If Obama in fact officially wins the election do not expect the American rightists to remain quiet for long. I suspect the rightists will look to take advantage of any little issue they can find in the next few months to try and bring down Obama. The manufactured Benghazi scandal and health care are some of their favorite targets.

    You know, I wouldn’t be surprised to visit your house and find all the furniture on the right.”

    First Off the election was in November so its all over. Manufactured Benghazi scandal just got four people fired and has the Secretary of State faking illness to keep from being questioned. Health care? Don’t see that absolutely no wiliness to negotiate with Congress is now Obama’s most know characteristic.

    Your post has nothing to do with this woman being elected president of Korea. Pay attention!

  • Glans
    1:52 pm on December 21st, 2012 13

    Negotiate with Congress, Kingkitty? The Speaker’s own proposal couldn’t win the approval of Congress. How’s Obama supposed to negotiate with that?

  • kushibo
    4:08 pm on December 21st, 2012 14

    Kingkitty wrote:

    First Off the election was in November so its all over.

    It’s not over yet.

    :roll:

 

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