No announcement yet.

Brazil Elections 2018: Right wing leading the poll

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Brazil Elections 2018: Right wing leading the poll

    Jair Bolsonaro looks set to win a convincing victory in the Brazil presidential election, but will fall short of a majority leading to a second round of voting later in October

    47% vs. 28% vs. 13%

    Brazil’s far-right candidate takes big lead in presidential election
    SAO PAULO, Brazil —A far-right former military man took a commanding lead in Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday, raising the strong prospect of a populist accused of denigrating women and minorities taking the helm of Latin America’s largest nation.

    Jair Bolsonaro — a 63-year old former army captain whose unorthodox candidacy was laughed off by pundits only a year ago — was riding a wave of indignation against a corrupt class of traditional politicians. With 85.6 percent of votes counted, Bolsonaro was capturing 47.6 percent of the vote. That figure put him on the cusp of surpassing the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid a runoff on Oct. 28 that most observers had seen as nearly inevitable. Even if a run off is triggered, he would be standing on the edge of a historic if divisive victory.