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Brazil election: Runner-up Lula is close to winning


Brazil’s leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva maintained a solid lead as he entered Sunday’s presidential race against far-right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and is on the verge of outright victory. New poll showed Saturday.

Brazil’s most polarizing election in decades will decide whether to return to power a former president jailed for corruption or a right-wing populist who has attacked the system. vote and threaten to fail.

Two polls released in the afternoon showed Lula with a valid majority of votes and could win the election in the first round, which should avoid a strong outflow on October 30.

The IPEC poll showed Lula winning 51% of the valid votes, excluding blank and corrupted ballots, and a Datafolha poll said the popular two-term president would get 50% of the votes are valid, with an error of 2 percentage points. .

Both polls give Lula an advantage over Bolsonaro by 14 percentage points.

Earlier, a CNT/MDA poll showed Lula winning 48.3% of the valid votes and was statistically within reach of outright victory.

If none of the 11 candidates receive more than 50% of the vote, excluding the empty and damaged ballots, the top two candidates – almost certainly Lula and Bolsonaro – will go to the polls. Round two on October 30.

Bolsonaro, a 67-year-old former army captain who spent 28 years as a pro-gun, anti-gay and anti-abortion MP, was swept into office in 2018 due to a wave of conservatives and anti-Party Lula’s worker.

On Saturday, he will close his re-election campaign with two motorcycle rallies in Sao Paulo and Joinville, Santa Catarina state.

Lula sat in an open car and then passed the tens of thousands of cheering fans in central Sao Paulo, eager to see him despite the drizzle. This event is called “Walk of Victory.”

Lula’s Workers’ Party made reservations on Sao Paulo’s main Paulista Avenue on Sunday night to celebrate the victory of the 77-year-old former union leader and party founder.

Brazil’s electronic voting system, which Bolsonaro has repeatedly criticized as vulnerable to fraud without providing evidence, allows the national election agency, the TSE, to quickly tally the results within hours when the polls end at 5pm (2000 GMT).

The head of the TSE, Supreme Court Justice Alexandre de Moraes, called on Brazilians on Twitter to celebrate the country’s democracy by voting “in peace, security and harmony, respect and freedom”. .”

Due to Bolsonaro’s attacks on the voting system and the prospect of conflict, the TSE invited an unprecedented number of international observers to this year’s election.


(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; editing by Diane Craft and Jonathan Oatis)

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