Brazil’s election results were much tighter than many predicted and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and President Jair Bolsonaro are headed to a runoff on October 30. Although Lula is still a slight favorite, Bolsonaro has received key endorsements and bolsonarismo showed its strength, winning majorities in the House and the Senate as well as key governorships. In this episode of The Americas Quarterly Podcast, Brian Winter speaks to Sarah Maslin, Brazil correspondent for The Economist, about what explains the results and what we can expect from the campaign moving forward.
Correction: In this podcast, a guest misspoke and accidentally stated that former President Lula was 10 to 15 points behind current President Jair Bolsonaro in some polls. In fact, Lula was 10 to 15 points ahead of Bolsonaro in those polls.
Sarah Maslin is Brazil correspondent for The Economist
Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly
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