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Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party got off to a good start Sunday as it heads toward this summer’s Upper House election, winning the key Hokkaido gubernatorial election in the first round of nationwide local polls, Kyodo News projections showed.

But the process of choosing candidates also revealed significant divisions in the ruling party as it failed to field a single candidate in other gubernatorial races held the same day due to conflicts within some local chapters.

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