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Lula’s Lead Over Bolsonaro Grows in Brazil Presidential Race

  • Lula takes 48% of first-round vote; Bolsonaro 27%: DataFolha
  • Former president benefiting from others dropping out of race
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Photographer: Tuane Fernandes/Bloomberg
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Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s lead surged over incumbent Jair Bolsonaro as the field of candidates seeking Brazil’s top office thins out ahead of the October election, according to DataFolha’s latest poll.

The 76-year-old leader of the Workers’ Party would win 48% of the first-round vote, while Bolsonaro would receive 27%, the survey released Thursday evening found. In March, they received 43% and 26%, respectively. DataFolha cautioned, though, that the data is not directly comparable as the scenario has changed.