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Lula’s Lead Over Bolsonaro Narrows in Brazil’s Presidential Race

  • Lula has 43% of first-round voting intention; Bolsonaro 26%
  • Bolsonaro gains ground despite fuel-price hike in early March
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Photographer: Victor Moriyama/Bloomberg

President Jair Bolsonaro narrowed the gap with former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brazil’s presidential race as the economic outlook brightens and the government boosts cash handouts to the poor. 

Lula would win 43% in the first-round of the October vote, down from 48% in the previous tally taken in December, according to a DataFolha poll published Thursday. Bolsonaro would get 26%, up from 22% previously.