Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU) Legislator Tseng Tsahn-deng (
"I am sorry that I have embarrassed my party," Tseng said during a press conference at the TSU caucus office yesterday morning.
A poll was conducted to determine which of the two candidates should run in the Kaohsiung City's 3rd district to avoid competing for the pan-green vote.
Tseng said he would cooperate to increase the pan-green camp's chances of winning the legislative election by withdrawing.
"The facts are the facts. Now that pan-green supporters have decided they prefer Lee, I will sacrifice myself to make that happen. I will return to school and resume teaching," Tseng said.
In response to Tseng's withdrawal, Lee said he did not get any pleasure from defeating his rival.
"Tseng is a lawmaker recognized for his professional and passionate attitude. I admire him and am thankful for his help, but this means a greater responsibility has fallen on my shoulders," Lee said.
The pan-green vote may still be split in the Kaohsiung constituency as DPP Legislator Lin Chin-hsing (林進興) is campaigning for the same legislative seat.
"I haven't yet given up hope of negotiating with Lin," Lee said.
Meanwhile, TSU member Lan Chun-chieh (
Lan said that he had run for the legislature twice as a TSU candidate but lost both times.
"Running in the election as an independent candidate will boost my chances," he said.
In Taipei City's 1st district, the DPP's Kao Chien-chih (
"If we pan-greens compete against each other, it will be difficult for us to win," Kao said.