Brazil Stands Poised to Reelect Lula

The President is riding high on cuts he made in poverty and inflation, but corruption issues and weak growth could sabotage his second term

Despite corruption scandals that have plagued his government and campaign, President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, 60, looks set to cruise to reelection victory when Brazilian voters head to the polls on Oct. 1. Most pundits say the only question is whether he wins in the first round with more than 50% of the vote—or has to face off with his leading challenger, Geraldo Alckmin, the centrist former governor of Sao Paulo, in a second round on Oct. 29.

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