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Lula Rallies Supporters Seeking Outright Victory in Brazil Vote

  • He’s closer than ever to having simple majority needed to win
  • Bolsonaro also insists in first-round win to keep base engaged
Supporters during a rally with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the Portela Samba School in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 25. Lula is gaining momentum in the final days of campaigning, nearing the simple majority needed to give him a first-round presidential victory on Oct. 2, a new DataFolha poll shows.

Supporters during a rally with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the Portela Samba School in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 25. Lula is gaining momentum in the final days of campaigning, nearing the simple majority needed to give him a first-round presidential victory on Oct. 2, a new DataFolha poll shows.

Photographer: Andre Borges/Bloomberg

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is stepping up efforts to sway supporters of candidates who are trailing in Brazil’s presidential race in a last-minute attempt to clinch an outright victory next Sunday.

The leftist leader, who pollsters say is closer than ever to winning on Oct. 2, will receive the explicit backing of several Brazilian artists on Monday, part of a strategy that has placed him as the head of a broad coalition against President Jair Bolsonaro. Last week, he got the support of eight former presidential candidates