The election statistics above, taken from the Joongang Ilbo, show that Lee Myung-bak managed to get 30% of the vote or more in every province and city except for North and South Jeolla province and Kwangju. While it may have been due to the Honam region's historical antipathy towards right wing candidates, there may have been other reasons.
Was it due to this reaction which was caught on camera when he visited the National Kwangju Uprising Cemetery in April of 2005 (which Ohmynews was happy to publish)?
Was it due to him inviting Chun Doo-hwan to the opening of Cheonggyecheon and seeming so happy to see him?
Or was it due to Lee not bothering to come to Kwangju on the 26th anniversary of the beginning of the Kwangju Uprising (like all the other major presidential candidates) and instead getting together with Chun Doo-hwan in the crystal ballroom of the Lotte Hotel two days later?
Doing all of these things together is a pretty good way to guarantee that the southwest is going to vote against you.