Polls Quiet, Predata Signals Take the Pulse of the South Korean Electorate

On May 9, South Koreans go to the polls in a snap presidential election to replace Park Geun-hye, who was removed from office in March on corruption charges. The front-runner is Moon Jae-in of the left-leaning Democratic Party. A human rights lawyer and former presidential chief of staff, Moon narrowly lost the 2012 election to Park. Running second is the centrist Ahn Cheol-soo, a software mogul with a populist streak who emerged as a dark horse in late April. He has attempted to poach votes from conservative candidate Hong Joon-pyo, whose party has been severely tarnished by Park’s ignominious fall.