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Presidential frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro leaves a polling station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Oct. 7, 2018 (AP photo by Leo Correa).

Is a Far-Right Wave Building in Latin America, Beginning in Brazil?

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018

Ahead of Brazil’s elections last Sunday, the far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro was widely expected to finish first in a crowded field. With more than a dozen people running for the presidency, however, few thought he would come as close as he did to winning an outright majority in the first round.

The final tally gave the controversial former army captain 46 percent of the vote, setting the stage for a runoff on Oct. 28 against Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party, whose preferred candidate, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, is in prison and was barred from running. Haddad, a late replacement, finished a distant second with 29 percent of the vote. ...

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