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'Shy voters' changing landscape of South Korea presidential race

Quiet conservatives making voices heard as Moon Jae-in, Ahn Cheol-soo court their votes

HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writer | South Korea

SEOUL -- Support for Ahn Cheol-soo, the former leader of the centrist and second-largest opposition People's Party, is rising sharply in the presidential election in South Korea, halting a dominant lead by Moon Jae-in, a former representative of the reform-minded largest opposition Democratic Party of Korea, in the run-up to the polls on May 9.

The changing landscape of the election, amid the controversy surrounding the impeachment and dismissal of former President Park Geun-hye, is being driven by "shy voters."

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