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Bolsonaro, Lula Retool Campaign Game Plans on Eve of Brazil Vote

  • Incumbent forced into unusual defensive stance after missteps
  • Lula gains ammunition and seeks to boost social media presence
Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaPhotographer: NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP

Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro is on the defensive after recent campaign blunders and a violent showdown between police and one of his most vocal supporters gave ammunition to his leftist challenger ahead of a tight runoff election on Oct. 30.

There have been so many setbacks over the past 10 days that the euphoria among Bolsonaro’s campaign staff sparked by his stronger-than-forecast performance in the first round of the vote has all but dissipated by now, according to a presidential adviser familiar with the situation.