Brazil’s Election Heads for Runoff as Bolsonaro Outperforms

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Brazil’s presidential election is headed for an Oct. 30 run-off vote as President Jair Bolsonaro outperformed on Sunday, defying pre-election polls giving leftist former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva a double-digit lead and a potential first-round victory. According to Brazil’s electoral authority, da Silva, widely known as Lula, gained 48.4% of valid votes, while Bolsonaro obtained 43.2%. “This is a big defeat for the democratic center that saw its voters migrate to Bolsonaro in a polarized scenario,” said Arilton Freres, Director of Curitiba-based Instituto Opinião. “Lula starts ahead, but it won’t be easy for him.”