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Runoff result shows Bolsonaro is stronger than polls suggested

Former Brazilian President President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who led Brazil between 2000 and 2010, came close to winning his old job back in an outright victory in the country’s presidential election on Sunday, as expressed their rejection of incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. However, the former president didn’t get quite the margin he had hoped for.

With 99 percent of the votes tallied, Lula had 48.3 percent of the vote. He needed to clear the 50-percent mark to avoid a runoff. Despite historical rejection rates for a president seeking re-election, Mr. Bolsonaro qualified for the runoff, posting a very competitive 43.3…

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