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Workers’ Party eyes improbable comeback in São Paulo

Despite winning the presidential election four times in a row from 2002 onward, the Workers’ Party has never managed to conquer the governor’s office of São Paulo, the country’s wealthiest and most populous state — it accounts for one-third of the national GDP and one -fifth of the Brazilian population.

For a good part of this year, the party hoped that it would be able to break that duck in 2022. Polls showed its own Fernando Haddad — a former education minister, São Paulo city mayor, and presidential candidate — miles ahead of his two main conservative competitors.

Sitting Governor Rodrigo Garcia (who…

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