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Brazil mimics the US’s urban-left v. rural-right polarization

Brazil’s 2022 elections, in many ways, reflect how politics in the country seems to echo patterns that have taken shape in the US

A right-wing party won in rural states and made advances in smaller cities, while the left won in large urban areas. Several winners on the right are evangelical leaders or affiliated in some way with the churches, while prominent academics, scientists, and economists support the country’s main left-wing party.

Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s first-round scores were much higher than that achieved by Fernando Haddad, his replacement in the 2018 election. Lula’s largest gains were…

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