Poll Position

When James Soong left the Kuomintang (KMT) prior to Taiwan's 2000 presidential race, he essentially handed the election to Chen Shui-bian and his upstart Democratic Progressive Party. Soong, running as an independent, outpolled the KMT's nominee, then-Vice President Lien Chan, 36.8% to 23.1%. Chen, however, took 39.3%, putting an end to more than 50 years of KMT rule. But three years in the political wilderness seem to have thawed the friction between Soong and Lien, and—on Valentine's Day, appropriately enough—they announced that they would join forces against Chen in the next election, in March...

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