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Poll Boost for Far-Right Brazil Candidate as He Skips Debate

  • Jair Bolsonaro rises to 35 percent in latest Datafolha survey
  • Leftwinger Fernando Haddad remains steady on 22 percent
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Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro extended his lead over his rivals in the latest opinion poll, as he stayed away from the final TV debate to chat on social media and breeze through a TV interview.

The former army captain saw his support rise to 35 percent in the Datafolha poll published on Thursday evening, up three points on the last poll from Oct. 2. Fernando Haddad, the second-placed candidate from the leftwing Workers’ Party, has 22 percent of vote intentions. If no candidate wins a majority of valid votes in the first round this Sunday, there will be a runoff on Oct. 28.