Abe Seen Gaining Two-Thirds of LDP Regional Votes: Jiji Survey

Politics

Tokyo, Sept. 8 (Jiji Press)--A Jiji Press survey has found that Liberal Democratic Party President Shinzo Abe is likely to gain two-thirds of the regional votes in his party's Sept. 20 leadership election.

Prime Minister Abe, who seeks a third consecutive term as head of the ruling party, is also believed to have secured support from 80 pct of the LDP's national lawmakers.

His only contender, Shigeru Ishiba, former LDP secretary-general, is trying to increase regional votes from nonlawmaker party members and supporters. But he is fighting an uphill battle.

The survey was conducted in late August with senior officials of the party's prefectural chapters. They were asked to give estimates on the support rates for both candidates. The LDP lawmakers were separately surveyed.

Abe and Ishiba will vie for a total of 810 votes--405 votes from national lawmakers and the same number of regional votes to be calculated based on ballots cast by other party members and supporters.

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