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VOX POPULI: The other 99% of the population watching LDP race closely

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Mail balloting is under way for the Liberal Democratic Party's rank-and-file members and supporters ahead of LDP members of the Diet in the party's presidential race.

The ballot says, "Mail by the 27th (of September)."

A total of 1.1 million voters nationwide will play an important role in the election.

A longtime acquaintance, an aide to an LDP lawmaker, told me, "In our office, we are now working the phone bank in top gear."

All day long, staff members go through lists of party members and supporters, appealing to them to vote for the candidate backed by "habatsu" faction heavyweights.

A party member in his 70s voted yesterday. "I received a postcard from my local Diet........

© The Asahi Shimbun

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