In this Oct. 6, 2015, photo, Taiwan's ruling Nationalist Party 2016 presidential candidate Hung Hsiu-chu speaks during a press conference at the party headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan. (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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Taiwan's panicked ruling Nationalists party will likely ditch its candidate for January's presidential election this weekend in a desperate move to avoid a trouncing by an opposition it fears could derail warming ties with China.Allegations emerged this week that Hung was offered money by her party to stand down, a claim she has vehemently denied.Hung is lagging behind Tsai in opinion polls by more than 20 points and has had to deny constant rumors she would quit.The Nationalists now fear they won't win enough legislative seats in the 113-seat parliament to have a significant voice in the lawmaking agenda if they don't dump Hung, making worse the party's poor showing in local polls last year.
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