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Moon, Ahn in dead heat in South Korean race

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People's Party candidate Ahn Cheol-soo, left, has gained ground on Moon Jae-in, the Democratic Party of Korea nominee, in South Korea's presidential campaign.   © Kyodo

SEOUL -- The centrist People's Party challenger has pulled neck and neck with the liberal Democratic Party of Korea candidate with less than a month to go before the country's presidential election, even overtaking the presumed front-runner in some polls.

Moon Jae-in, a former Democratic Party chief, remained ahead in three recent polls while former People's Party co-chair Ahn Cheol-soo led in two and another had them tied. This is believed to be the first time Ahn topped Moon in polls that included candidates from the other parties as well.

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