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KMT wins Taipei, Xinbei, Taichung

The Kuomintang yesterday grabbed Taipei, Xinbei and Taichung, while the Democratic Progressive Party won in Kaohsiung and Tainan in mayoral elections that saw the opposition camp gain the largest share of the vote.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin was reelected, routing DPP contender Su Tseng-chang by a wide margin in a race marred by a gunman's attack on KMT Honorary Chairman Lien Chan's son, who suffered serious head injuries but survived.

Hau garnered 797,865 votes to register the KMT's biggest win in all five elections, while Su obtained 628,129, according to figures from the Central Election Commission (CEC).

Former Vice Premier Eric Chu defeated DPP Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen in a tight race to keep the KMT's rule in Xinbei. Chu received about 1,115,536 votes against Tsai's 1,004,900.

KMT Taichung Mayor Jason Hu narrowly beat DPP challenger Su Chia-chuan, whose strong performance came as a surprise. Hu gained more than 730,284 votes against Su's 698,358.

In Tainan, DPP candidate Lai Ching-te had a comfortable win as expected. Lai gained more than 619,897 votes, compared to KMT rival Kuo Tien-tsai's 406,196 votes.

DPP Mayor Chen Chu won a landslide over independent contender Yang Chiu-hsing and KMT candidate Huang Chao-shun. Chen's votes amounted to 821,089, even more than the total that Yang and Huang obtained, at 414,950 and 319,171, respectively.

Despite winning three of the five mayoral seats up for grabs, the KMT's overall vote share declined.

The KMT garnered 44.54 percent of the votes, while the DPP took 49.87 percent, according to the CEC.

In the last mayoral and county elections in the five areas in 2005 and 2006, the KMT grabbed 52.28 percent of the votes against the DPP's 46.03 percent.

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