South Korea’s next president is Park Geun-hyeBy Nathan Schwartzman Dec 20, 2012 2:06AM UTC
In the 18th South Korean presidential election, conservative Park Geun-hye of the Saenuri (New Frontier) Party has defeated liberal Moon Jae-in of the Democratic United Party. Vote tabulation is nearly finished, so here are some balloting statistics according to Naver:
Park will take approximately 51.6% of the vote against Moon’s 48%, giving her 15,722,982 votes versus his 14,638,613 as of the time of this post. Independent candidate Kang Ji-won received 0.2%, or 53,078 votes. Daejeon split 49.8% for each candidate while Seoul went for Moon 51.8% to 47.8%, and Busan swung for Park 55.8% to 43.9%. Daegu went an overwhelming 80.1% for Park, while Gwangju went a stupendous 92% for Moon. Park also received majorities in Ulsan (handily), Sejong, Gyeonggi-do (barely), Kangwon-do (handily), Chunghcheongbuk-do and Chungcheongnam-do (both comfortably). Park won women 51.1% to 47.9%, while Moon won men 49.8% to 49.1%. Moon was more popular among young people as he carried voters aged 20 to 49, while Park carried voters 50 and older. Voters in their 40s were the only age group not to break at least 60% either way, indicating a huge political generation gap.
Total voter participation is currently 75.9%, significantly higher than recent elections.