Voters in the central South Korean city of Cheongju have backed the winning presidential candidate in the last seven elections. This time around, there is no clear candidate building a wave of support just days before the poll.

“It’s a curse,” Kim Yoon-sun, a resident in her 60s, said of the city’s notoriety as the king of swing districts. “Election? Oh dear. Don’t even ask, please,” she said, calling it the most disappointing presidential race she has seen.

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