In early October 2018, the Saiful Mudjani Research Center published an analysis that the running mate of both Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Prabowo Subianto had not significantly helped increase their electability. Though the analysis came early in the game, it’s still important for both Jokowi and Prabowo to take note. Thankfully for Jokowi, Ma’ruf’s side appeared to have taken the analysis very seriously. Perhaps that is why we saw Ma’ruf campaigning over the course of October with a very packed schedule.

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