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Lawmaker Lin Ming-chen snatches KMT primaries for Nantou County

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Legislator Lin Ming-chen (林明溱) won the Kuomintang (KMT) primaries for the upcoming Nantou County magisterial election, the ruling party's spokesman Yang Wei-chung (楊偉中) said yesterday, adding that once the formal nomination procedures have been completed, the party's headquarters will help launch Lin's campaign.

The KMT primaries for the upcoming seven-in-one elections have reached the second phase. The results of the Keelung primaries are expected to be announced on Thursday, Jan. 16.

The seven-in-one elections, which will be held in November and December, cover elections for mayoral and magisterial offices as well as council seats.

Nantou-based Legislator Ma Wen-chun (馬文君) and Nantou City Mayor Hsu Shu-hua (許淑華), both of whom were contenders for the Nantou County bid, have shown their generosity and commitment to solidarity by pledging their support of Lin, Yang said.

The first phase of the KMT primaries have been completed, with incumbent Hsinchu Mayor Hsu Ming-tsai (許明財) winning the primaries for Hsinchu City, former lawmaker Chang Li-shan (張麗善) winning the primaries for Yunlin County, incumbent Taitung Magistrate Justin Huang (黃健庭) winning the primaries for Taitung, and incumbent Kinmen Magistrate Li Wo-shi (李沃士) winning the primaries for his county.

Lin won the Nantou primaries with a rate of 36.386 percent, followed by Ma with 34.252 percent and Hsu with 29.361 percent. According to the party's regulations, 30 percent of the outcome is accounted for with party member votes, while the remainder is accounted for through opinion polls.

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