Ballots closed in Brazil, head to head between Bolsonaro and Lula

At 17 o’clock local (21 Italian) the operations throughout the country ended, as per the order of the Higher Electoral Court (TSE). Over 156 million citizens had the right to vote, called to choose, in addition to the President of the Republic, also the 12 governors not elected in the first round. With 80% of the total sections scrutinized, the left-wing candidate presents himself with 50.32% of the valid votes, against 49.68% of the right-wing leader Bolsonaro

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Match closed in Brazil between Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro. At 5 pm local time (9 pm Italian time) the voting operations throughout the country ended, as per the provisions of the Higher Electoral Court (TSE). Over 156 million citizens had the right to vote, called to choose, in addition to the President of the Republic, the 12 governors not elected in the first round. A ballot that promises to be a head to head to the last vote, with a win on the wire. With 80% of the total sections scrutinized, the leftist candidate Lula presents himself with 50.32% of the valid votes, against 49.68% of the right-wing leader Bolsonaro.

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Outside Brazil, the polls have already issued the result. Lula’s result in Europe can be considered excellent, where she has triumphed practically everywhere, from Greece to France via the Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Sweden, Germany and even Italy. In some cases the results have been sensational: in Berlin the candidate of the Workers’ Party has cut the incumbent president by more than 4,000 preferences. Lula’s victory in Italy was less marked, where he obtained 5810 votes, against Bolsonaro’s 4698 who, from him, can claim victory in other countries. The incumbent president has in fact triumphed in Qatar, Japan and Israel, where, however, he suffered a drastic drop compared to 2018, going from 77% to 53% of the votes. Triumph instead of Lula in Russia.

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Yesterday Lula closed the electoral campaign along the Paulista avenue. There was also the former president of Uruguay, Josè Pepe Mujica, to accompany him. Shortly before, Mujica had attended a press conference with Lula, in which the left-wing leader pledged, in case of victory, to “bring Brazil back to normal”. A carousel of motorbikes, mainly of gig economy workers who do home deliveries in the city, also paraded along Avenida Paulista, the main thoroughfare of São Paulo, in support of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The motorcyclists carried Lula’s flags and crossed the avenue making the L with their hands, honking the horn and accelerating the engine. The so-called ‘motociate’ (motorbike parades) have become famous in recent years qualifying as demonstrations in support of the right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro (Pl), often on highways, led by the head of state himself.

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On their last day of the election campaign, the two candidates went to the two key territories of the country, to try to convince the undecided, at least 20 million in the first round. Bolsonaro went to Minas Gerais, a college of 21 million inhabitants, conquered by Lula on the 2nd October session, historically important for the election of the head of state. Together with the president, in Belo Horizonte for a carousel in motorcycles and cars with green-gold insignia, also Nikolas Ferreira, a 26-year-old deputy with a million and a half votes, the most voted in Brazil and ever in the history of the territory in strong industrial vacancy. A region where, despite the support of Governor Romeu Zema for Bolsonaro, according to Quest polls, Lula continues to be in the lead in voting intentions with 45%, against 40% of the president.

Challenge to the last vote

“A game still open” define analysts, who do not feel like ruling out a surprise ending. In the first round the leader of the PT had obtained 48.43% of the votes (57.259.504) against 43.2% of the PL candidate (51.072.345), conquering 14 states, against 13 of Bolsonaro. A failed victory for a gap of about 6 million votes, in a country with over 150 million voters, which could reserve new unknowns for the ballot. If in fact it is clear that the progressive West is pressing for Lula (the New York Times took sides by publishing a video stating that the elections “will define the future of the planet”, and the French newspaper Le Monde hosted a tribune signed by the leader of the PT) the picture that emerges from the South American giant is not so clear.

Ballots closed in Brazil, head to head between Bolsonaro and Lula