Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Brazil’s right-wing Bolsonaro narrowly misses first round win in presidential election

Brazil’s right-wing Bolsonaro narrowly misses first round win in presidential election

Far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro just missed outright victory in Sunday's vote, and will face former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers' Party in an October 28 runoff. But with far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro getting 46 percent of the vote Sunday, short of the 50-plus percent he needed, voters also signaled they were not quite ready to make a final decision. In the weeks ahead of an October 28 runoff against former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad, Bolsonaro's main proposals are sure to come under much scrutiny.

Lorenzoni said Bolsonaro's team was targeting individual lawmakers in parties opposed to the Workers Party (PT) and its presidential candidate Fernando Haddad - including those in parties whose leaders do not yet support the right-winger.

"He needs to say, 'Yes, we were culprits in this massive corruption scandal; we deeply, deeply regret what happened to Brazil, but we need to move on, ' " she said.

"A Haddad voter, Jose Dias, said it would be a "catastrophe" if Bolsonaro won the right to succeed unpopular outgoing centre-right President Michel Temer".

"The choice in Brazil could not be more clear: a pro-America, pro-Israel, and pro-liberty conservative patriot, or a corrupt communist puppet who was placed in this election by Lula", Balaban added.

"Bolsonaro has been so successful because he was the first to realize that this would be a 'change election, ' and he has systematically adopted an anti-system rhetoric, allowing him to mobilize people who wanted a more radical change", Prof.

Some Bolsonaro supporters called on him to moderate his message to ensure victory, but the candidate said he would not ease up on an anti-establishment message that has resonated with voters.

That made Bolsonaro the odds-on favorite in a runoff election later this month that could hurl Brazil into new political territory.

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In a 20-minute interview with the Brazilian radio station Jovem Pan on Monday - his first since the previous day's triumph - Bolsonaro said he hoped soon to return to active campaigning after his recent near-fatal stabbing and would continue to insist on being tough on crime and tough on the left.

They underestimated Bolsonaro and overestimated the traditional parties as well as - most crucially - the effectiveness of television advertising in the election.

Brazil's direction both economically and politically will have a major impact on surrounding countries that are trade partners with the regional heavyweight.

Of the 11 other candidates who ran, only the top five posted relatively large numbers.

Indicators from Sunday's results, aside from the 49 million votes Bolsonaro picked up, suggest that is the case and that prevailing public sentiment points towards him succeeding in the second round.

"Haddad's chance of victory depends much more on the performance of Bolsonaro than his own".

His promise of a brutal crackdown on graft and crime have resonated with voters in the world's fifth most populous country, which registered a record 63,880 violent deaths in 2017. "A miracle would be for Bolsonaro to see the light and govern the country for the people, for him to become less radical".

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