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Bolsonaro or Lula: Brazilians Decide Who Gets Another Chance

  • Conservative president and leftist challenger face off Sunday
  • Polls published before voting started gave Lula a large lead
Jair Bolsonaro waves at supporters during a motorcade in Joinville, Santa Catarina State, on Oct. 1.

Jair Bolsonaro waves at supporters during a motorcade in Joinville, Santa Catarina State, on Oct. 1.

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Brazilians voted in general elections marked by a polarizing race between conservative President Jair Bolsonaro and his leftist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who some pollsters say could attain an outright victory on Sunday.

Polling stations closed at 5 p.m. and with just 5% of the votes counted, Bolsonaro was leading Lula, as his rival is known, by 49% to 42%, according to official data from Brazil’s electoral court. But the counting was most advanced in states that lean in favor of the president and Lula is expected to make up ground. Nearly 160 million voters also chose state governors, lower house representatives and senators.