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Disillusioned younger voters hold key to South Korea presidential race

Both leading candidates struggle to win over independents in tight campaign

Presidential candidates Yoon Seok-youl, left, and Lee Jae-myung both fare poorly in favorability ratings.

SEOUL -- South Korea's two main presidential candidates are running neck and neck just over two months before the election, spurring a scramble for young independent voters to tip the scales.

This bloc swayed April's mayoral elections in Seoul and Busan, delivering a clear rebuke to the ruling Democratic Party and President Moon Jae-in's administration amid frustration with corruption scandals and policies that helped fuel a surge in property prices.

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