Brazil front-runner Bolsonaro misses last presidential debate

09 October, 2018, 09:04 | Author: Sheila Harris
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On Friday, Bolsonaro appealed to Brazilians to vote for him in a live Facebook feed from his Rio de Janeiro home, asking them to give him a majority to avoid a second vote.

The former Sao Paulo mayor is the PT candidate after former PT president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was barred from the election by the country's Electoral Court.

Leftist Guilherme Boulos said he feared a new military dictatorship would begin with a Bolsonaro presidency. Bolsonaro has a long history of making racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments, and has risen in the polls since September 8 when he was stabbed while campaigning.

Bolsonaro maintains a solid first-round lead over Haddad, according to polls from Datafolha and Ibope in recent days, but the same surveys show the pair deadlocked or with Haddad having a slight advantage in the case of a runoff vote on October 28, required if nobody wins an outright majority this Sunday.

As the election day nears, voting trends tend to shift, but there would have to be a very sudden shift across the country in favor of one of the hopefuls, a scenario that seems doubtful, she said.

He is trailed by Workers' Party candidate Fernando Haddad, who has 21 per cent of support among those polled. That figure was not released for Saturday's poll.

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Bolsonaro's chances of winning on Sunday would be boosted if there is high abstention, and if many voters cast blank or spoiled ballots, said Leonardo Barreto, head of Brasilia-based political consultancy Factual.

Front-runner Jair Bolsonaro, 55, has surged on widespread anger over rising crime, a drifting economy and the prospect of the leftist Workers Party returning to power.

He has won massive support from the fast-growing evangelical community by vowing to block the legalization of abortion, gay marriage and drugs. Investors blame the party for plunging Brazil into its worst recession in 2015-2016.

Bolsonaro's economic positions remained unclear. Bolsonaro, who is backed by a group of retired generals, said last week he would only accept victory.

A man watches an interview on television with presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro at a bar in Sao Paulo, Brazil, October 4, 2018.

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