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(LEAD) Ahn takes sixth consecutive win in People's Party primary

All Headlines 20:16 April 02, 2017

(ATTN: UPDATES with details from 4th para; ADDS photo)

SEOUL, April 2 (Yonhap) -- Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party won another primary Sunday, bringing him one step closer to clinching his party's nomination for the presidential election in May.

Ahn, a former leader of the party, won the sixth primary covering Seoul and the nearby city of Incheon with 86.48 percent of the vote, party officials said.

He was trailed by former opposition leader Sohn Hak-kyu at 10.62 percent and Deputy National Assembly Speaker Park Joo-sun at 2.9 percent.

Ahn Cheol-soo of the People's Party claps during a primary held at a gymnasium in Seoul on April 2, 2017. (Yonhap)

Ahn, who won all five previous rounds by a large margin, appears set to win his party's nomination after the final primary in Daejeon and the central Chungcheong provinces on Tuesday.

The former software mogul has recently emerged as a possibly formidable opponent to front-runner Moon Jae-in of the liberal Democratic Party.

An opinion poll conducted by the Korea Society Opinion Institute on Friday and Saturday showed Ahn more than doubling his approval rating to 22.3 percent. He ranked second after Moon, who garnered 34.6 percent.

hague@yna.co.kr
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