The Heat: Brazil elections

The Heat

A man walks past presidential campaign materials depicting Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and and President Jair Bolsonaro in Brasilia, Brazil, September 23, 2022. REUTERS/Adriano Machado/File Photo

Former leftist Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was leading the polls by a big margin… enough to spur predictions of a first-round win and return to office.

But the right-wing incumbent Jair Bolsonaro proved the polls wrong, finishing much stronger than expected in Sunday’s voting.

Now, the second round – and the future of the country – is much more unpredictable. We begin with this report from Paulo Cabral.

To discuss:

  • Gustavo Ribeiro is the founder and editor in chief of The Brazilian Report.
  • Ana Julia Bonzanini Bernardi is a professor of political science at the Foundation School of Sociology and Politics of São Paulo.
  • Alberto Danon is a journalist and press advisor for the Brazilian political party PTB.
  • Paulo Sotero is a distinguished fellow at the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute.

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