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South Korea election

South Korea election kicks off as candidates make symbolic pitches

Ruling party's Lee goes to Busan port; PPP's Yoon visits Seoul National Cemetery

The two main contenders in the South Korean presidential race kick off their official campaigns in the early hours of Tuesday. Lee Jae-myung of the ruling Democratic Party speaks in Busan, left, and Yoon Suk-yeol, of the main opposition People Power Party, speaks in Seoul. (Source photos by Kyodo and AP) 

SEOUL -- The two front-runners in South Korea's presidential race started their official three-week campaign with symbolic morning visits Tuesday, with polls showing them neck and neck for the country's top political job.

Lee Jae-myung of the governing Democratic Party met with officials at Busan port at midnight, seeking to strengthen his image as a leader who would boost the export-driven economy. The former Gyeonggi Province governor vowed to make the country expand to the ocean and the continent.

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