Brazil counts votes in historic Lula vs Bolsonaro race

With 10% of the voting machines counting, Bolsonaro had 48.4% of the valid votes, compared to 42.9% for Lulus.

With 10% of the voting machines counting, Bolsonaro had 48.4% of the valid votes, compared to 42.9% for Lulus.

Brazil’s electoral authority was tallying votes on Sunday night highly polarized elections It could determine whether the country returns the Left to the top of the world’s fourth-largest democracy or keeps the far-right ruling in office for four years.

race pit incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro Against His Political Slavery, Left Ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, There are nine other candidates, but their support is for Bolsonaro and da Silva. With 20.3% of the votes counted, Bolsonaro was ahead of 47.9%, da Silva 43.3%.

Recent opinion polls have given da Silva a commanding lead – the last Datafolha poll published on Saturday found a 50% to 36% advantage for da Silva, who intended to vote. It interviewed 12,800 people, with an error of two percentage points.

Health worker Fernanda Reznik, 48, wore a red T-shirt to vote in Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana neighborhood – a color associated with da Silva’s Workers’ Party, where Bolsonaro supporters often congregate, and waited 40 minutes in line for.

“I’ll wait three hours if I have to!” Resnick said, who no longer bothered to talk politics with the neighbors on Bolsonaro’s side. “This year the election is more important, because we have already gone through four years of Bolsonaro and today we can make a difference and give another direction to this country.”

Bolsonaro’s administration has been marked by incendiary speeches, his tests of democratic institutions, his widespread criticism To deal with the COVID-19 pandemic and the worst Deforestation in the Amazon Rainforest in 15 years.

But they have built a dedicated base by defending conservative values, denouncing political correctness, and projecting themselves as defending the nation from leftist policies that they consider infringing on individual liberties and causing economic turmoil. Huh.

A slow economic recovery has yet to reach the poor, with 33 million Brazilians starving despite high welfare payments. Like many of its Latin American neighbors that are facing high inflation and large numbers of people left out of formal employment, Brazil is considering a shift to the political left.

Da Silva can win the first round, without the need for a run-off on 30 October, if he receives more than 50% of valid votes, excluding spoiled and blank ballots.