Presidential election in Brazil Lula leads by five points over

Presidential election in Brazil: Lula leads by five points over Jair Bolsonaro, a second round will take place on October 30

The two men will be decided in a second round on Sunday October 30 as neither achieved an outright majority in the first round.

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Posted on 3/10/2022 6:12 AM Updated on 3/10/2022 7:06 AM

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The new Brazilian President will be known at the end of October. Former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, better known as “Lula,” finished first in the first round of the presidential election on Sunday, October 2, ahead of outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro. He is five points ahead of the far-right leader: Lula received 48.4% of the vote versus 43.2% for Bolsonaro, according to the near-final but still partial results released by the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

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Neither candidate received an outright majority and the two men will be decided in a second round on Sunday 30 October. About six million votes separate Lula, who has more than 57 million votes, and Jair Bolsonaro.

More than 156 million Brazilians were called upon to vote in this first round to elect their president for the next four years. Centrist Simone Tebet is third with 4.16% of the vote, followed by Labor Ciro Gomes with 3.05%.

This narrow result is a bit of a surprise: the most recent survey by the benchmark institute Datafolha gave the former Left President (2003-2010) a lead of 14 points on Saturday evening. “We defeated the lies” of the polls, said the far-right president, who said he was optimistic about playing “the second half” of the presidential election. “It’s just an extension. I can tell you that we will win this election,” Lula assured.