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The Final Showdown Between Lula and Bolsonaro for the Brazilian Presidency

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Pre-election polls indicate a very close contest between third-termer Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent president Jair Bolsonaro.

The left-leaning rival da Silva, better known as Lula, remained preferred in the polls. Bolsonaro was a few percentage points behind. The results of Brazil’s presidential election are very uncertain, according to the close numbers. Lula continues to hold a majority of 52% of the vote, while Bosonaro received 48%, per surveys by Quaest and Datafolha. Lula got a 6% lead over Bolsonaro three days before that. Because of this, experts predict that Bolsonaro may win after coming from behind.

Lula only had a 2% advantage, according to pollster MDA. Nevertheless, according to every national poll, the challenger is predicted to win. Even though Lula has a history of being jailed for corruption, he still has a lead over Bolsonaro. Furthermore, the Court has since dropped the charges against the former president, giving him political momentum. He got another chance to run for president as a result.

Lula is ahead by a significant margin, according to other pollsters, IPEC and AtlasIntel. IPEC estimates Bolsonaro received only 46% of the vote, while the leftist challenger received 54%. The figures, however, need to account for voters who are still unsure. The most trustworthy pollster, AtlasIntel, gave Lula a 7% advantage.

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Polarizing election

The campaigns of both candidates came to a successful conclusion on Friday night. They both countered each other’s attacks by highlighting their country’s welfare. Minas Gerais served as Bolsonaro’s last stop. A region in Sao Paulo was where Lula finished up his campaign at the same time.

The graft cases involving Lula were the focus of Bolsonaro’s arguments. While the pandemic claimed the lives of 700,000 Brazilians, Lula emphasized Bolsonaro’s administration’s failure to contain it.

From 2003 to 2010, Lula headed over the nation for two terms. In his time in office, he asserted that he boosted the regional economy and market. He declared during the debate that he wanted to bring about the nation’s “booming” era. Bolsonaro countered by saying that better ones under his current administration have replaced Lula’s economic and financial policies.

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Lula vs. Bolsonaro

Parties and supporters became wary after the first round of voting. Lula had a majority of the vote but fell short of winning. Bolsonaro and Lula participated in the second round as a result.

“It will be important (to have a second round) because we will have the chance to do a face-to-face debate with the current president to know if he will keep on telling lies,” Lula said.

“We have a second round ahead where everything becomes the same; the (television advertising) time for each side becomes the same. And now we are going to show it better for the Brazilian population, especially the most affected class, the consequence of the ‘stay at home; we’ll see the economy later’ policy,” Bolsonar said at a press conference after the first round ended.

“We don’t want more discord; we want a country that lives in peace. This is the most important election. I am really happy,” Lula added.

“Four years ago, I couldn’t vote because I had been the victim of a lie in this country. And four years later, I’m here, voting with the recognition of my total freedom and the possibility of being president of the republic of this country again, to try to make this country return to normality.”

Photo Credit: Mariana Greif

Source: CNBC

Brandon Foster is a multimedia reporter. He covers a variety of topics.

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