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Brazil’s Lula Nears Outright Win on Sunday, Polls Show

  • Two polls show Lula meeting the 50% threshold to win
  • Bolsonaro has struggled to close the gap with his rival
Former president Lula greets supporters during the closing rally in Sao Paulo on Oct. 1.

Former president Lula greets supporters during the closing rally in Sao Paulo on Oct. 1.

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Just one day before votes are cast, the final electoral polls on the Brazilian presidential race suggest former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could clinch an outright victory in the first round.

Pollster Datafolha showed Lula with 50% of valid votes, which excludes null and blank ballots, while President Jair Bolsonaro garnered 36%. A candidate needs more than 50% to avoid a runoff.