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Bolsonaro Is Luring Evangelicals to Reduce Lula’s Lead in Brazil

  • President attended prayer service at lower house Wednesday
  • Bolsonaro wins among evangelicals, but less than in 2018
A man wearing a T-shirt with the inscription "Bolsonaro" reads the Bible during an evangelical service in 2018, before Jair Bolsonaro was elected president in Brazil.

A man wearing a T-shirt with the inscription "Bolsonaro" reads the Bible during an evangelical service in 2018, before Jair Bolsonaro was elected president in Brazil.

Photographer: Ian Cheibub/DPA via Getty Images

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro is increasingly courting Christian evangelicals in the run-up to the October election in a strategy to block inroads made by his leftist challenger into the crucial constituency. 

Bolsonaro on Wednesday took part in a prayer organized by evangelical lawmakers at the lower house in Brasilia, the latest in a series of religious events he has recently attended. The conservative president won in 2018 thanks in large part to the massive support of the community of faithful that already makes up about one third of Brazil’s 210 million population.