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One month before the registration deadline for the 2019 Presidential Election candidates, Vice President Jusuf Kalla name continues to be mentioned as one of those who could be President Joko Widodo running mate.
Some policy decisions have burdened Jusuf Kalla's relationship with President Jokowi. Nevertheless, they have been closer than ever after the Jakarta gubernatorial election.
Jokowi repeatedly attempted to persuade Jusuf Kalla to be his vice-presidential running mate once again. There is concern of losing voters from Muslim groups.
Vice President Jusuf Kalla has been strategizing for the upcoming 2019 General Election. People close to him are lobbying political party officials. He has sent a signal that he supports Anies Baswedan. Despite saying he does not want to run against Jokowi in a political campaign, he has opened the door to offers of becoming a presidential candidate. His three options: become a presidential candidate, become a vice-presidential candidate, or become a kingmaker.
Ethnic and religious issues were central campaign themes in the election in North Sumatra. Abdul Somad and Gatot Nurmantyo directed voters at a large religious gathering.
The number of votes cast for Sudirman Said was much higher than had been predicted by some surveys conducted close to the day of the election. The electronic ID card corruption case adversely affected Ganjar Pranowo.
The Sudrajat-Ahmad Syaikhu ticket nearly won the election in West Java. They relied heavily on the 'replace the President' slogan.
The predictions of some survey agencies for the 2018 regional head elections were off the mark in some areas. Looking to win big across Java, the PDI-P only won in one province. The camp opposing Jokowi is still solid.