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More Tokyo voters are leaning toward candidates from the Liberal Democratic Party and the Japanese Communist Party in the assembly election July 6 than four years ago, according to a Kyodo News poll.

In the poll of 501 men and 499 women conducted July 5 and July 6, 19.8 percent of respondents said they would vote for LDP candidates. The figure is more than 6 percentage points above the 13.1 percent the LDP obtained in a similar poll shortly before the previous metropolitan assembly election in 1993 when the party faired poorly amid a boom of new parties.

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