Brazil elections go into flux as Bolsonaro dashes Lula’s hopes of a quick win According to Reuters
© Reuters. Brazil’s President and presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro speak after the results of the first round of the Brazilian presidential election, at 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 round of Brazil’s presidential campaign began on Monday after right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed the vote and robbed the former outright victory. Leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in the first round of voting.
Bolsonaro’s unexpectedly strong showing on Sunday dashed hopes for a quick resolution to a deeply polarized election in the world’s fourth-largest democracy.
With 99.9% of the electronic votes counted, Lula took 48.4% of the vote compared to 43.2% for Bolsonaro. As neither of them receive a majority, the race will go to an overflow vote on October 30.
The race has proven to be tighter than most surveys suggest, reviving Bolsonaro’s campaign after he asserted that polls cannot be trusted. If he does return, it will be shattered with a wave of victories for leftists across the region in recent years, including Mexico, Colombia, Argentina and Chile.
Adding to the tension in Brazil, Bolsonaro made baseless attacks on the integrity of Brazil’s electronic voting system and asked him not to give in if he lost. On Sunday night, he sounded confident that victory was within reach and avoided criticism of the voting system.
“I intend to make the right political alliances to win this election, and point out the significant progress his party has made in Congress during the election,” he told journalists. elections.
Bolsonaro’s right-wing allies have won 19 of the 27 seats after winning in the Senate, and early gains represent a strong show of his base in the lower house.
The strong showing for Bolsonaro and his allies, which added to the pressure on Lula to take center stage, has bankers and analysts expecting a boost to the future. Brazilian financial markets on Monday following Sunday’s surprising results.
Lula was upbeat about the outcome, saying he was looking forward to another month on the campaign trail and the chance to argue face-to-face with Bolsonaro.
Inside his campaign, however, it was clear disappointment that he had fallen short of narrow majority projections in some polls, coupled with weak results in state races outside of the traditional stronghold. ruler in the northeast of his party.
“There is a clear movement in votes in the southeast, beyond what the investigations and even the campaign have discovered,” a campaign source said, speaking on condition of anonymity. named because of the sensitivity of the issue.
Recent surveys have also fallen out of favor with third and fourth place finishers, suggesting some of their supporters may have turned to Bolsonaro when it came time to vote.
Center Senator Simone Tebet, who received 4% of the vote, and former center-left congressman Ciro Gomes, who received 3%, both said on Sunday night that they would announce a decision on approval in the coming weeks. next day.
With momentum in Bolsonaro’s favor, Lula may need all the help he can get.
“Clearly Bolsonarismo has been underestimated,” said Senator Humberto Costa, a fellow countryman of the Lula Workers’ Party.