It is not a do-or-die situation yet for the Democrat Party. But it is getting close to it. The race for Bangkok governor will either be a psychological boost or a blow.
Defeat in its key political stronghold will dampen the Democrats' morale. A win, however, will be sweet revenge over its rival Pheu Thai after Thailand's oldest party was unceremoniously routed in the last general election.
Democrat bigwigs have finally put behind them all internal conflicts about the party's candidate for governor and and decided to get serious about Sukhumbhand Paribatra's chances of being victorious. Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva is in command of the gubernatorial election campaign.
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