Xi Jinping Wins in Landslide Election
With all polls closed and 83% of precincts reporting, Ministry of Harmony is projecting Xi Jinping (C) to be the winner of the 2012 Election for General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Xi was the clear favorite as early voting results came in from the eastern provinces and steadily added to his lead throughout the night. At the moment, Xi stands to sweep the election, becoming the third candidate, after Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao, to do so, with all 2270 delegates to the National Congress (including the two who died but mailed in absentee ballots) casting their vote for the incumbent Vice President.
Looking at the electoral map, it’s clear the Communist Party enjoys strong support from almost all of mainland China. Xinjiang again proved to be a battleground province and, unsurprisingly, support has waned slightly in Chongqing municipality, where conservatives are still mourning the expulsion of their golden boy Bo Xilai.
The surprise of the night, however, was the swing province of Tibet, which many thought would abstain or begrudgingly support the CCP. But the polls show that the southwestern province stands fully behind the Party, presumably because everyone who dislikes the Party there has already burned themselves alive.