Lula da Silva beats Bolsonaro in the Brazilian elections and will seek the presidency in the second round

Luis Inácio Lula da Silva will go to the second round with Jair Bolsonaro on October 30. The candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT), with 48.20% of the vote, achieved a slight advantage over the president of Brazil, who obtained 43.39%, according to the results of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE). The distance of less than five points was surprising in the middle of the PT campaign in São Paulo, where better results were expected. Lula da Silva, a six-time presidential candidate, has never before won in the first round. Neither in the 2002 elections, nor in 2006. But the level of polarization that has marked the first part of this election, poses some intense weeks in this second stage of the campaign.

Both Bolsonaro and Lula will aim to win the votes of the third most voted candidate, Simone Tebet, with 4.26% of the vote. Tebet has been presented by the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB), identified with the so-called center, a bloc of conservative parties with which the different governments need to agree in Congress to guarantee governability. Although the MDB had few chances of entering the second round, Tebet’s candidacy has been the key to this political space to avoid taking a position for one of the two favorites, in order to weave their alliances in Congress with greater freedom, according to Whoever wins this election?

Sunday night has been considered a “good night” for Bolsonaro’s allies in Congress. Figures such as astronaut Marco Pontes entered the Brazilian upper house, with an overwhelming result of 49%, for São Paulo. For the state of Paraná, former judge Sergio Moro, who sentenced former president Lula to prison for the Lava Jato case, entered the Senate with 33.51% of the vote.

The deep crisis in the Brazilian center-right has exposed the fracture experienced by the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB), of former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso. The bet to take Geraldo Alckmin, president of the PSDB until 2019 and historical political rival of Lula, as vice president in the PT formula was aimed at broadening the support bases.

Bolsonaro gained an advantage in key regions of the country. As the polls projected, the president managed to outperform the PT candidate in the Southeast region, which concentrates more than 42% of eligible voters, made up of the states of São Paulo, Mina Gerais, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. In São Paulo, the main state in this region, the district with the greatest electoral weight in Brazil with 22% of all voters, the Brazilian president won 47.71% compared to 40.89% for Lula. In any case, the PT aims to win the governorship in the second round, with the candidate Fernando Haddad, who won 35.70% against Bolsonaro’s ally, Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas with 42.32%, in what would be a victory. historical.

In Minas Gerais, second state in population in the country with 10.4%, Lula got an advantage over Bolsonaro with 48.22%. Bolsonaro was in a close place with 43.66%. While in Rio de Janeiro, a district controlled by Bolsonaro, the president got 51% to Lula’s 40.69%.

In the Northeast region, considered a bastion of the PT, which concentrates 27% of the electorate, Lula achieved better results. In the state of Bahia, the most populous in the region, the PT won 69.9% of the vote. In Pernambuco, Lula’s place of origin, the former president got 65.15% compared to 30% for Bolsonaro.

More than 156 million Brazilians were eligible to vote in the main economy of Latin America. After the most tense and violent campaign in Brazilian history, Jair Bolsonaro is seeking re-election and Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva his third presidency.

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