Oct 02, 2022
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Brazil's presidential race will need to go to an October 30th second round after former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva fell short of the 50%+1 he needed to avoid a run-off with extremist incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazilians voted Sunday in a historic presidential election, with leftist front-runner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who led in the pre-election polls, winning but still short of the 50% he needed to avoid a runoff election.
\u201cBREAKING \ud83c\udde7\ud83c\uddf7: Lula defeats Bolsonaro in the first round of Brazil\u2019s presidential election by over 5,000,000 votes.\u201d— Progressive International (@Progressive International) 1664758361
There are fears the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro will not accept a defeat after he warned that he will only leave office if he's "killed, jailed, or victorious" and has called on his base to "go to war" if the vote is "stolen."
Bolsonaro took an early lead as results started coming in but in 2014, when Lula's leftist party last won a presidential election, it only took the lead after two hours of vote counting. Results from Brazil's poorer northeast, Lula's stronghold, take longer to be counted.
Lula eventually took the lead when 70.00% of the vote was counted.
\u201cWe are expecting Lula to address the media soon, once the election result is confirmed. A bleak night for the left in many ways, with a succession of Bolsonarista victories and a tighter result than polls predicted. Pollsters said 50/36. Looks like ending 48/43\u201d— Tom Phillips (@Tom Phillips) 1664756292
With 98.04% of the vote counted at 8:45pm EDT:
With 70.00% of the vote counted at 7:02pm EDT:
EARLIER: With 63.45% of the vote counted at 6:54pm EDT:
EARLIER: With 46.46% of the vote counted at 6:35pm EDT:
Lula went into Sunday ahead of Bolsonaro in pre-election polls with 50 percent to 36 percent, according to the final poll from the Datafolha institute.
To win outright and avoid a runoff on October 30th: 50% + 1 votes are needed.
Polls closed at 5:00pm local time (20.00 GMT) or 4:00pm EST.
Official results can be found here: latest Brazil Election Results
\u201cHundreds of politicians and journalists have gathered at a hotel in downtown S\u00e3o Paulo where Lula\u2019s team is awaiting results. The atmosphere is TENSE\u201d— Tom Phillips (@Tom Phillips) 1664746755
\u201cPolls are closed in Brazil. No one doubts Lula is ahead. What is in doubt is whether Trump\u2019s authoritarian ally\u2014Bolsonaro\u2014will accept defeat. This is huge issue for Brazil, and the United States. The U.S. must send a clear signal of support for democracy.\n https://t.co/JpVapcPp0j\u201d— John Nichols (@John Nichols) 1664741326
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