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Stars on the Stump Don't Guarantee Election Win

2016/04/17 | 1211 views | Permalink | Source

Actress Shim Eun-ha (left) congratulates her husband Ji Sang-wook at his campaign office in Seoul early Thursday morning. /Yonhap

Candidates who brought a famous wife, child or other relative with them on the stump were not always guaranteed a win in Wednesday's general elections.

For some it went well. Actress Shim Eun-ha's husband Ji Sang-wook won his seat for the Saenuri Party in Seoul's Jung district. Shim cast her ballot alongside her husband and stood by him at a party office in central Seoul as the votes were being counted, and he duly thanked her for her support.

Actress Lee Young-ae canvassed for Saenuri candidate Chung Jin-seok, who won in South Chungcheong Province for the fourth time. Chung is the uncle of Lee's husband.

Actress Lee Young-ae (left) visits Gongju in South Chungcheong Province to help a relative's election campaign on Monday. /Yonhap

Minjoo Party lawmaker Moon Hee-sang got a campaign boost from his niece, former Miss Korea and actress Lee Honey, who had also gone on the stump with him in the 2008 and 2012 general elections.

From left, Shim Eun-ha, Lee Young-ae, Kim Kyung-ran and Song Il-gook

But ex-KBS presenter Kim Kyung-ran's husband Kim Sang-min, who ran for Saenuri, lost to his rival in Suwon although she went along to her husband's rallies. And Saenuri Party lawmaker Kim Eul-dong, whose son is actor Song Il-gook, lost her seat.

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