Brazil election enters runoff as Bolsonaro dashes Lula’s hope of fast win By Reuters


© Reuters. Brazil’s President and presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro speaks after the outcomes of the primary spherical of Brazil’s presidential election, on the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia , Brazil October 2, 2022. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino


By Lisandra Paraguassu and Maria Carolina Marcello

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – The second spherical of Brazil’s presidential marketing campaign kicked off Monday after right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed polling and robbed leftist former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of an outright victory within the first spherical of voting.

The unexpectedly sturdy displaying by Bolsonaro on Sunday dashed hopes for a fast decision to the deeply polarized election on the earth’s fourth-largest democracy.

With 99.9% of digital votes counted, Lula had taken 48.4% of votes versus 43.2% for Bolsonaro. As neither bought a majority of assist, the race goes to a runoff vote on Oct. 30.

The race has confirmed tighter than most surveys steered, revitalizing Bolsonaro’s marketing campaign after he insisted that polls couldn’t be trusted. If he pulls off a comeback, it will break with a wave of victories for leftists throughout the area in recent times, together with Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.

Including to tensions in Brazil, Bolsonaro has made baseless assaults on the integrity of Brazil’s digital voting system and steered he could not concede if he loses. On Sunday evening, he sounded assured victory was inside attain and prevented criticism of the voting system.

“I plan to make the fitting political alliances to win this election,” he instructed journalists, pointing to vital advances his social gathering made in Congress within the normal election.

Bolsonaro’s right-wing allies gained 19 of the 27 seats up from grabs within the Senate, and preliminary returns steered a robust displaying for his base within the decrease home.

The sturdy displaying for Bolsonaro and his allies, which added to strain on Lula to tack to the middle, led bankers and analysts to anticipate a lift for Brazilian monetary markets on Monday after Sunday’s stunning consequence.

Lula put an optimistic spin on the consequence, saying he was wanting ahead to a different month on the marketing campaign path and the possibility to debate Bolsonaro head-to-head.

Inside his marketing campaign, nonetheless, there was clear frustration that he had fallen wanting the slim majority forecast in some polls, together with weak leads to state races outdoors of his social gathering’s conventional northeastern stronghold.

“There was a transparent motion of votes within the southeast, past what the surveys and even the marketing campaign managed to detect,” a marketing campaign supply mentioned on situation of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.

Help for distant third- and fourth-place finishers additionally fell wanting latest surveys, suggesting a few of their backers could have shifted to Bolsonaro when it got here time to vote.

Centrist Senator Simone Tebet, who bought 4% of votes, and center-left former lawmaker Ciro Gomes, who bought 3%, each mentioned on Sunday evening they’d announce choices about endorsements within the coming days.

With the momentum in Bolsonaro’s favor, Lula may have all the assistance he can get.

“Clearly Bolsonarismo was underestimated,” mentioned Senator Humberto Costa, a compatriot of Lula’s Employees Occasion.

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