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Brazil’s Presidential Race Remains Wide Open, Polls Say

  • Former President Lula extends lead but may not be able to run
  • Far-right lawmaker Bolsonaro consolidates in second place
Michel Temer

Michel Temer

Photographer: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Brazil’s 2018 presidential race remains wide open as half a dozen potential contenders across the political spectrum stand a chance to win the country’s top job, opinion polls show.

After years of recession, political crisis and corruption scandal, Brazil’s electorate is deeply divided with former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of the leftist Workers’ Party extending his lead while far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro consolidates in second place, two polls showed over the weekend. Yet Lula may not be allowed to run if a higher court upholds a corruption sentence against him, leaving the race even more unpredictable.