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Lula Outright Brazil Win in Sight, DataFolha Poll Shows

  • Front-runner Lula has 50% of valid votes; Bolsonaro 36%: poll
  • Poll raises the stakes for a televised debate on later Thurs.
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appears to be on the cusp of securing the simple majority needed to win Sunday’s presidential vote outright.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appears to be on the cusp of securing the simple majority needed to win Sunday’s presidential vote outright.

Photographer: Victor Moriyama/Bloomberg

Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appears to be on the cusp of securing the simple majority needed to win Sunday’s presidential vote outright, a new poll from DataFolha shows.

The front-runner has now 50% of valid votes in the first round, which excludes null and blank ballots, according to the survey published Thursday evening. A candidate needs more than 50% to avoid a runoff.