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Brazil’s Economic Troubles Leave Lula Closer to Winning Election

  • Lula takes 47% of first-round vote; Bolsonaro 29%: Quaest
  • 56% say the economy ‘influences a lot’ who they’ll vote for
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaPhotographer: Tuane Fernandes/Bloomberg

Surging inflation is propping up Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s lead in Brazil’s presidential race, as voters widely blame incumbent Jair Bolsonaro for the country’s economic malaise, according to a new poll.

The two-term former president would win 47% of the votes in the first round of October’s election, while Bolsonaro would get 29%, a survey by pollster Quaest showed on Wednesday. In May, the candidates took 46% and 31%, respectively.