Poll takes a heavy toll on incumbent legislators, with 36 failing to win re-election Taiwan's hard-fought legislative race saw 36 incumbents failing to win re-election. A dozen of the incumbents, including Shen Fu-hsiung, a veteran Democratic Progressive Party legislator, nicknamed the 'lonely bird of parliament', were seen as popular and capable legislators. 'I never expected I would lose,' said Mr Shen when early counting showed he was trailing. He was invited by the cable station TVBS to analyse the election result and he was amazed to find how far down he was in the list of expected winners in the south Taipei constituency. The veteran legislator, who has won four terms, only got 24,995 votes, placing him 13th in his Taipei City constituency, which has 10 seats. 'I don't think it's the DPP which manipulated my loss. Rather, it should have something to do with our ally [the Taiwan Solidarity Union], which attacked me throughout the race,' he said. An eloquent performer, Mr Shen, 63, was considered the most conciliatory member of the DPP, who sometimes differed from the mainstream position of the party. Asked if he would quit the DPP, he said: 'No, I will remain as a DPP member. As long as I am healthy, I can still work for the nation.' Historian-author Lee Ao, a newcomer, lamented the defeat of his opponent. Mr Lee, 67, said he felt sorry for Mr Shen because the veteran legislator was the 'rare true voice' of the DPP. 'It was unfair for him [Shen]. The DPP obviously deliberately manipulated to drag him down,' he said. Mr Lee had a high popularity rating before the elections and was seen as a shoo-in. But he managed only 33,922 votes, just enough to pip the DPP's Duan Yi-kang, also rated as a capable legislator. Mr Lee said he was satisfied with the result given his low-key approach to campaigning. 'For a candidate like me who did not solicit voters, it would be highly unfair if I garnered the largest vote. But if I lost, it would not have been too unfair on me. So getting the last place suits me just fine.' His campaign adviser, Sisy Chen, who did not seek re-election, said she had told Mr Lee that if he lost he could go home to 'take care of himself'. 'Otherwise he should do something for the country,' she said, joking that 'his being elected should be the start of his personal tragedy'. Re-elected legislator Hsiao Bi-kiem of the DPP said she was disappointed some of her colleagues failed to win. Like Mr Lee and her DPP colleague Mr Shen, who all had high popularity ratings before the election, Ms Hsiao was only able to place seventh in the north Taipei constituency with 44,648 votes. Her votes were split by other DPP candidates under the party's vote allocation plan. Her 'weaker' DPP colleagues Cheng Yun-peng and Kao Chien-chih, who will be newcomers in the next legislature, were placed ahead of her on the party ticket. Mr Kao was placed fourth and Mr Cheng sixth. Ms Hsiao attributed the DPP's loss to its failure to hang on to the 'middle road'. 'The DPP must review itself to see if it should return to the middle road,' she said. Failure to win votes from neutral voters is being blamed for the defeat of the DPP.