As widely anticipated, Park Geun Hye has become the Saenuri Party candidate in this December’s South Korean presidential election, receiving 84% of the vote in the party’s primary election.
Park’s winning margin is the largest in the history of the party or its forerunner, the Grand National Party. In 2002, the previous high water mark, Lee Hae Chang received just 68% of the vote.
Far behind Park in 2nd place was Gyeonggi Province governor and keen North Korea human rights activist Kim Moon Soo with 6.8%, followed by Kim Tae Ho with 3.2%, Lim Tae Hee with 2.8% and An Sang Soo with 0.9%.
Accepting the nomination, Park called the opportunity to run in the election a “great honor” before declaring, “We will win this election and make a new Republic of Korea; a Republic of Korea full of dreams and hope.”
Park also thanked the other four candidates in the primary election.