Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro Wins First Round for President

Brazil: Jair Bolsonaro Wins First Round for President

Update 2: Jair Bolsonaro wins the first of two rounds for the Brazilian Presidency. He will face Haddad in October 28, 2018.


Update 1: Bolsonaro in lead at 46% with 99% reporting.

  • (Social Liberal Party) Bolsonaro: 49.275 million - 46%

  • (Worker’s Party) Haddad: 31.3 million - 29.3%

  • (Socialist International Affiliate Party) Gomes: 12.34 million - 12.5%


The South American nation of Brazil will elect a new government today. Millions will decide which direction the nation takes after years of political chaos.

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Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

The front-runner according to Polls is Jair Bolsonaro, who the activist media establishment refers to as “far-right”, leads with near thirty percent.

Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party is a far-right lawmaker who has promised to be tough on crime and to loosen laws on gun ownership. He has been leading in the polls ever since former President Luíz Inácio Lula da Silva was banned from running. A recent Datafolha poll suggested that 32% of voters would cast their ballot for him. But according to same poll, 45% of voters said they would never vote for him.

Left-winger Fernando Haddad could get 21% of the vote in the first round, according to Datafolha. Mr Haddad has surged ahead from only 4% support in the polls since he replaced popular ex-President Lula on the Workers' Party ticket - but with more media exposure, his rejection rate has also shot up to 42%.

-BBC

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