In mid-April Patently Apple posted a report titled "Foxconn's Terry Gou Stated during an Event at the U.S. Embassy in Taiwan that he may run for President of Taiwan." With such a late entry into the race for President it's not surprising to learn today that Gou lost the nomination last night to pro-Beijing Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo.
While some wondered if Gou would now run as an independent, Gou's spokesperson stated that he never considered an independent run for Taiwan's presidency.
Han beat four other contenders for the KMT nomination, including his closest challenger, Gou of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. by nearly 20 percent, in the opinion poll results announced by the KMT on Monday. In the final results, Mr. Han got a weighted average support of 44.8%, while Mr. Gou got 27.7%, according to the Straits Times.
Gou's campaign team issued a press statement congratulating Han on his victory, but unlike the other KMT primary contenders, did not say if he would support Han's presidential bid.
In a Monday night Facebook post, Gou, one of the richest men in Taiwan, offered no clarification of his position, saying only that he did not regret taking part in the primary.
"I have no regrets as I took part out of love for the country," Gou said, adding that "no one should give up the pursuit of his or her ideals even if the whole world thinks them a fool."
Whether Terry Gou will now take the time to refocus his attention on his U.S. venture in Wisconsin is unknown at this time.
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