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South Korea Presidential Race Too Close to Call

  • Yoon has slight edge over ruling party’s Lee in key exit poll
  • Victory for Yoon could chill ties with China, North Korea
Yoon Suk-yeol

Yoon Suk-yeol

Photographer: Lee Young-ho/Sipa/Bloomberg

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South Korea’s presidential race was too close to call as votes were being counted, with an exit poll released minutes after polls closed Wednesday showing conservative candidate Yoon Suk-yeol with a lead of less than one percentage point.

Yoon had 48.4% of the votes, compared with 47.8% for progressive candidate Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party, a joint exit poll by three major TV broadcasters showed. A separate exit poll by JTBC TV network showed Lee with 48.4% of the votes compared with Yoon’s 47.7%. Final official results are expected early Thursday morning.