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Lula and Bolsonaro Try to Woo Poor Voters as Brazil Race Tightens

  • Candidates tour Brazil’s Northeast ahead of Oct. 30 runoff
  • AtlastIntel poll on Thursday points to a more competitive race
A vendor sells t-shirts in support of President Jair Boslonaro and his leftist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during the Cirio de Nazare festival in Belem, capital of Para state, on Oct. 8.

A vendor sells t-shirts in support of President Jair Boslonaro and his leftist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during the Cirio de Nazare festival in Belem, capital of Para state, on Oct. 8.

Photographer: Alessandro Falco/Bloomberg
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Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro campaigned across the northeast of the country on Thursday, with both candidates trying to shore up support among the poor amid signs the presidential race is tightening ahead of the Oct. 30 runoff.

Lula, 76, said at an event in the city of Aracaju, capital of Sergipe state, that he would negotiate with the Brazilian banking federation and major retailers to give more credit to the nation’s lowest earners, if elected.