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KMT wins two-thirds majority

Out of the uncertainty of a new electoral system came a stunning rout of the Democratic Progressive Party and the near elimination of small parties. Chen Shui-bian resigned as DPP chairman, and party supporters licked their wounds even in traditional strongholds

BY TAIPEI TIMES STAFF REPORTERS

Tuan declared defeat at about 6:48pm after trailing KMT opponent Lin Yu-fang (林郁方) by more than 23,000 ballots.

"I will move on after reflecting deeply. What is more disappointing was the defeat of the DPP overall. There may be a lot of reasons for our defeat, but we will shoulder the responsibility together," Tuan said at his campaign headquarters.

The KMT also won all six seats in Taoyuan County, with all its candidates declaring victory before the official results were announced.

In Taipei County, the KMT won 10 of 12 seats, though DPP candidate and singer/actor Yu Tian (余天) won for the DPP in Sanchong (三重) -- a pan-green stronghold -- defeating his KMT opponent Chu Chun-hsiao (朱俊曉) by just 2,000 votes.

Both Yu and Chu Chun-hsiao declared victory before the Sanchong City Office announced Yu's victory, sparking concern over the result.

Police were dispatched to prevent conflict as supporters of candidates converged on the area.

As expected, KMT Legislator Wu Yu-sheng (吳育昇), a close aide of KMT presidential candidate Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九), defeated DPP Legislator Lee Sen-zong (李顯榮), a former KMT member who switched allegiance to the DPP after he failed to win the KMT's nomination.

The KMT won 19 of the 21 legislative seats in Miaoli County, Taichung County, Taichung City, Changhua County, Nantou County, Yunlin County, Chiayi County and Chiayi City, losing only Taichung County's second constituency and the second constituency of Chiayi County.

In Changhua County, the KMT took all four seats, with Cheng Ju-fen (鄭汝芬) taking advantage of her grassroots support to defeat the DPP's Lin Chung-mo (林重謨).

In Chiayi City, the KMT's Chiang Yi-hsiung (江義雄) defeated DPP Legislator Sandy Yen (莊和子) because of a split in the vote between Yen and the TSU's Ling Tzu-chu (凌子楚).

In southern Taiwan, a DPP stronghold, the party lost its dominance in two of the five cities and counties.

The KMT prevailed in three of five districts in Kaohsiung City, with incumbent DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling (管碧玲) and DPP candidate Kuo Wen-cheng (郭玟成) triumphing by small margins.

The KMT also won three out of the four seats in Kaohsiung County, with only DPP Legislator Chen Chi-yu (陳啟昱) winning a close victory over his KMT rival, Wu Kuang-hsun (吳光訓).

Three-term KMT Legislator Lin Yi-shih (林益世) surprised many by beating former Kaohsiung County commissioner Yu Cheng-hsien (余政憲) by 12.66 percent, even though Yu's family is influential in the area.

The KMT's performance in Kaohsiung County was extraordinary, as in the legislative poll in 2004, the pan-green camp garnered 55.73 percent of the vote in Kaohsiung County while the pan-blue camp won only 39.76 percent of ballots.

The DPP managed to win two seats in Tainan City by narrow margins and two out of the three seats in Pingtung County.

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