Brazil presidential election: Bolsonaro and Lula head to run-off

Lula.
Lula. Tuane Fernandes/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In Brazil, no presidential candidate earned enough votes on Sunday to win the election outright, forcing the top two — current President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — into a runoff on Oct. 30.

With about 99.6 percent of the votes counted, da Silva — known as Lula — has 48.3 percent of the vote, while Bolsonaro has 43.3 percent. Nine other candidates were also in the race.

The incumbent is a far-right populist, while Lula is a leftist. Polls heading into the election showed Lula with much more support than Bolsonaro, who ended up outperforming his poll numbers in Brazil's southeast region, The Associated Press reports. Ahead of Sunday's election, Bolsonaro questioned how legitimate the polling was and the accuracy of electronic voting machines, saying on Sept. 18 that if he didn't win the first round, something had to be "abnormal."

Lula served as president from 2003 to 2010, and was convicted of corruption and money laundering; he served 19 months in prison. Brazil's Supreme Court later annulled those convictions, ruling that the judge in his case was biased and colluded with prosecutors.

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