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The roller-coaster of vote counting in Brazil

Supporters of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva got together towards the end of Election Day on Sunday, hoping to witness a first-round win for their candidate. All leading pollsters had indicated that this might be possible — they projected that Lula could receive more than 50 percent of the vote in the first round of the presidential vote, above the threshold for winning an election outright and avoiding the need for a runoff with the second-placed candidate.

However, the Superior Electoral Court’s initial results, released just after polls closed at 5 pm, put incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in the lead…

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