I figured it might be helpful to have a forum discussing the twists and turns in the KMT primary as we head toward the 2020 presidential election.
As we know, the DPP incumbent Tsai Ing-wen was able to fend off challenger Lai Ching-te aka William Lai in the DPP primary. Barring some disaster, she will represent the ruling party in the 2020 election.
For the KMT, the main players are frontrunner and apparently part-time Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu; Foxcon(n)man Guo Tai-ming aka Terry Gou; and former Xinbei Mayor Eric Chu, who is apparently serving the role of being the KMT’s marginalized voice of reason. Other fringe candidates are also vying for the nomination, but these seem to be the three most likely candidates to become the KMT nominee, which will be announced on July 15.
Some fantastic pieces have appeared in English on this race.
Brian Hioe at New Bloom has written a helpful detailed blow-by-blow account of the three KMT primary debates:
Political scientist Nathan Batto in his indispensable Frozen Garlic blog has posted a richly textured and witty account of the KMT primary race:
What do forumosans think? How will the KMT candidates—if elected—affect our interests and futures? Feel free to post any and all views and updates here.