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:
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.