Taiwan's midterm elections are quickly approaching on November 26. Tensions are running high as candidates scramble to rally up more support, leaving some people wondering whether candidates are showing off their family members to gain more empathy and votes.
Taipei mayor candidate Chiang Wan-an (蔣萬安) moves around a traditional market, greeting vendors and encouraging them to support him in the upcoming election. Chiang's wife also appeared at the market, rallying alongside her husband's supporters.
Some media sources are questioning whether Chiang intentionally invited his pregnant wife to the rally, believing that "playing the family card" could help attract more voters. Chiang declined to comment on these speculations.
Chiang isn't the only Taipei mayor candidate making public appearances with their family members. Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) went onstage with his wife at a concert on Sunday, but he says this was not a ploy to win people's empathy.
Candidate Huang Shan-shan (黃珊珊) says many of her family members are military personnel, so they're not able to join her during her campaign due to work obligations. But she says she still feels strong familial support from Taipei residents themselves.
The elections are less than two weeks away, which could mean seeing more new campaigning strategies to win over voters during this crucial period.