As votes are counted in Brazil’s presidential election that took place on Sunday, it looks like it will be headed for a runoff at the end of October.
Like the time reports:
Brazilian voters backed Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, a left-wing former president, over incumbent right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro by a narrow margin in the first round of elections on Sunday. With 97% of the votes counted, Lula, as the former president is universally known, obtained 47.9% of the votes compared to 43.7% for Bolsonaro.
Because neither candidate won a majority, the race will go to a runoff on October 1. 30
For most of 2022, polls had suggested that no candidate would win more than 50% of the vote and that the race would go to a second round, as has happened in every election in Brazil for the past two decades.
You may get a sense of the tensions around the election in these details from CNBC:
There were reports of long lines at polling stations that closed at 5 pm (2000 GMT) as many Brazilians turned out to vote in a tense election.
Military police in Sao Paulo said a man entered a polling station and shot two policemen who were receiving medical attention.
Although he ended his 2003-2010 government with record popularity, many Brazilians now hate Lula after he was convicted of taking bribes. The leftist, who was president from 2003 to 2010, was jailed during the last election. But his conviction was later overturned by the Supreme Court, allowing him to face his rival Bolsonaro this year.
CNBC also shared this about the incumbent Conservative president. Bolsonaro:
Bolsonaro voted in Rio and said he hoped to win the election in the first round on Sunday, despite his poor poll results. The former army captain does not trust pollsters, saying his results do not match the support at his campaign events.
In early 2022, Lula sat down for an interview, in which he drew a comparison between himself and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady.
“In American football, there is a player who happens to have ended up with a Brazilian model,” he said, referring to Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen. “He has been the best player in the world for a long time, but in each game his fans demand that he play better than in the previous one. For me, with the presidency, it’s the same. I’m just running because I can do better than before.”
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