Former Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon won his first victory in the ruling Democratic Party's ongoing primary to select its candidate for next March's presidential election.
Lee earned 47-point-12 percent of the votes in the primary held on Saturday among delegates and registered members of the party in the Gwangju-South Jeolla Province region at the Kim Dae-jung Convention Center in Gwangju.
Lee Nak-yon clinched his first victory against Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung by winning 122 more votes. The victory came amid a controversy over a highly lucrative land development project in Seongnam, which was carried out when the governor was the mayor of Seongnam.
However, the governor is still far ahead of Lee Nak-yon, securing an accumulated 52-point-nine percent, while the former prime minister has captured 34-point-21 percent.
Former Justice Minister Choo Mi-ae came in third with four-point-33 percent of the votes and Rep. Kim Du-kwan finished fourth with point-94 percent in the Saturday primary.