Pongsapat Pongchareon Loses the Bangkok Governor's Race
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Pongsapat Pongchareon, the Pheu Thai candidate for Governor of Bangkok, was widely expected to win election. He maintained a lead through pre-election polling. Election day exit polls conducted by Thai newspapers and TV stations consistently showed him winning by 6 to 9 percentage points. But all of the polling was wrong. Pongsapat's chief rival, the incumbent MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra, running for the Democrats, defied all of the polls and his own party's expectations and retained the office. The mood at Pongsapat's election watch party turned increasingly bitter as numbers came in showing their candidate lost. At the end of the night, Pheu Thai supporters attacked the TV sets in their offices as news anchors announced Sukhumbhand's victory.