Two presidential candidates are launching charm offensives to try to appeal to Taiwan's young voters, using cartoon-like dolls and souvenirs bearing their images. And the tactic appears to be working, with flocks of young supporters of opposition Kuomintang presidential frontrunner Ma Ying-jeou and his ruling Democratic Progressive Party opponent Frank Hsieh Chang-ting visiting the major outlets selling the souvenirs. 'They are just so cute,' said Nancy Liang, a 20-year-old fan of the DPP candidate, as she fixed her sights on two stuffed dolls in the image of Mr Hsieh and his balding running mate, Su Tseng-chang. Both dolls wear a big smile and have their thumbs up, gesturing the number one, which is the number the DPP ticket is using in its campaigning. Ms Liang was one of the hundreds of young people who had frequented the souvenir outlets, shopkeepers said. 'Actually, those who come to the shop are not just supporters of Frank Hsieh. There are many non-supporters and even foreign and mainland Chinese tourists too,' said Anny Sun, manager of Happy Taiwan, a major outlet selling DPP-related election souvenirs. Many mainland tourists stopped by the shop and made purchases, she said. Ranging from hats, T-shirts, key chains, pins, mugs and many other items, Ms Sun said all the souvenirs had been designed to present the campaign themes and platforms of the DPP presidential candidates. 'The pins of Hsieh and Su in 13 types of indigenous outfits are designed to represent one of the key campaign platforms of Frank Hsieh - ethnic blending as well as coexistence,' she said. Mr Hsieh has vowed to bridge the island's ethnic and political divide if elected. Mr Ma's campaign themes are not emphasised so heavily in the souvenirs sold to his supporters. Most of the souvenirs are designed around the image of Mr Ma, known for his star looks and clean image. 'We have more than 35 kinds of souvenirs related to Ma Ying-jeou,' said Lin Kuei-feng, manager of Horse 2008, which supplies the souvenirs. Mr Ma, who has quite a following among women supporters, is portrayed in different styles - in a smart suit, jogging shorts and even an indigenous outfit. Ms Lin said the most popular item was a key chain with a mini mahjong cube bearing two Chinese characters jeou and van or 'nine' and 'ten thousand'. The two words are among the symbols used in the game, but they also represent part of the name of Mr Ma and his running mate Vincent Siew Van-chang.