March 25, 2023

Leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva edged ahead of outgoing far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro after 70 percent of polling stations were counted in Sunday’s Brazilian presidential election.

Lula won 45.74% of the vote, compared to 45.51% for Bolsonaro, according to the official website of the Supreme Electoral Court tasked with counting votes.

In the citadel of Bolsonaro in the north and southeast, the screening was more advanced than in the citadel of Lula in the northeast.

Leading pollster Datavolha gave the former president 50 percent of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 36 percent in a poll released ahead of the election, putting the veteran candidate’s first-round victory within reach.

At the start of the tally on Sunday, Bolsonaro edged out Lulu by five points to rush his camp to celebrate the preliminary results, with his son Eduardo, a congressman, tweeting: “Datavolha got it wrong again.”

“Everyone is worried about the first results,” said prominent indigenous leader Sonia Guajajara, a congressional candidate, at the Lula Campaign Center in São Paulo. But the states where the bill is submitted have the most support for Bolsonaro. We’ll change the score.”

Bolsonaro and his inner circle watched the results at the presidential residence in Brasilia.

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