Brazil Votes Live: Lula Wins the First Round Over Far-Right Bolsonaro; Run-Off Oct. 30
Brazil’s presidential race will need to go to a October 30th second round after former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva fell short of the 50%+1 he needed to avoid a run-off with extremist incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.
Brazilians voted Sunday in a historic presidential election, with leftist front-runner Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who led in the pre-election polls, winning but still short of the 50% he needed to avoid a runoff election.
BREAKING 🇧🇷: Lula defeats Bolsonaro in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election by over 5,000,000 votes.
— Progressive International (@ProgIntl) October 3, 2022
There are fears the far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro will not accept a defeat after he warned that he will only leave office if he's "killed, jailed, or victorious" and has called on his base to "go to war" if the vote is "stolen."
Bolsonaro took an early lead as results started coming in but in 2014, when Lula's leftist party last won a presidential election, it only took the lead after two hours of vote counting. Results from Brazil’s poorer northeast, Lula's stronghold, take longer to be counted.
Lula eventually took the lead when 70.00% of the vote was counted.
We are expecting Lula to address the media soon, once the election result is confirmed. A bleak night for the left in many ways, with a succession of Bolsonarista victories and a tighter result than polls predicted. Pollsters said 50/36. Looks like ending 48/43 pic.twitter.com/DVZCLxmjoe
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) October 3, 2022
With 98.04% of the vote counted at 8:45pm EDT:
With 70.00% of the vote counted at 7:02pm EDT:
EARLIER: With 63.45% of the vote counted at 6:54pm EDT:
EARLIER: With 46.46% of the vote counted at 6:35pm EDT:
Read this graph! It shows the evolution of the vote count in Dilma’s election. Do NOT read the results forward. They will evolve as the count moves across the country pic.twitter.com/EE3BNfncJH
— David Adler (@davidrkadler) October 2, 2022
Lula went into Sunday ahead of Bolsonaro in pre-election polls with 50 percent to 36 percent, according to the final poll from the Datafolha institute.
To win outright and avoid a runoff on October 30th: 50% + 1 votes are needed.
Polls closed at 5:00pm local time (20.00 GMT) or 4:00pm EST.
Official results can be found here: latest Brazil Election Results
Hundreds of politicians and journalists have gathered at a hotel in downtown São Paulo where Lula’s team is awaiting results. The atmosphere is TENSE pic.twitter.com/ywkTa1WY6q
— Tom Phillips (@tomphillipsin) October 2, 2022
Polls are closed in Brazil. No one doubts Lula is ahead. What is in doubt is whether Trump’s authoritarian ally—Bolsonaro—will accept defeat. This is huge issue for Brazil, and the United States. The U.S. must send a clear signal of support for democracy.
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) October 2, 2022
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