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Brazil Ex-Governor Joao Doria Drops Out of Presidential Race

  • Centrist parties to join forces, coalesce around one candidate
  • Election widely seen as two-man race between Lula, Bolsonaro
Joao Doria
Joao DoriaPhotographer: Jonne Roriz/Bloomberg

Former Sao Paulo Governor Joao Doria, who’s been polling at a distant fourth place in Brazil’s presidential race, withdrew his candidacy after being pressured by his own party to do so.

“I leave the race with my feelings hurt but a light heart,” Doria said at a news conference on Monday. “Today I understand I’m not the choice of the party’s leadership. I accept that fact and leave with my head held high.”