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Bolsonaro Stalls in Polls After Ally Clashes With Police

  • Two polls show Lula, Bolsonaro unchanged from previous week
  • President had enjoyed upswing before many mistakes, incidents
Jair Bolsonaro

Jair Bolsonaro

Photographer: Ana Carolina de Lima/Bloomberg
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President Jair Bolsonaro’s momentum in opinion polls seemed to stall after a series of blunders and incidents over the past few days, including the arrest of one of his most outspoken supporters -- an episode that turned violent and shook Brazilians ahead of Sunday’s presidential runoff.

Leftist challenger Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 76, would take 54% of valid votes, which exclude null and blank ballots, compared to the incumbent’s 46%, according to an Ipec poll published late Monday. Both were unchanged from a week ago.