Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Brazil's far-right Bolsonaro grows lead with run-off victory in sight

Brazil's far-right Bolsonaro grows lead with run-off victory in sight

The frontrunner in Brazil's election ducked out the final TV debate as polls placed the far-Right shock populist in an all-time high lead ahead of the vote.

"If he continues with this level of support and the center remains divided, Bolsonaro could reach the runoff", said Congressman Fabio Sousa of the centrist Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) (Business Insider UK).

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.

A duel between Bolsonaro and Haddad would see a 44-42 percent split, according to Datafolha - too close to call given the plus-or-minus-two-point margin of error.

In a last push on Thursday, Bolsonaro told a radio station in northeastern Brazil, where his support is weakest and Haddad's is the strongest, that he would put the army to work to help finish some major infrastructure projects long stalled in the region, and said his presidency would invite partners from all parties, including the PT. Yet he has also repelled many by misogynist and homophobic commentary.

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In an interview with TV Record that is owned by a supporter, evangelical Christian bishop and media mogul Edir Macedo, Bolsonaro slammed his rival for being a "puppet" of jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The poll was carried out on Tuesday by surveying 3,240 voters across Brazil.

Brazil's Workers' Party is comparing far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro to Adolf Hitler in a new video. He has won massive support from the fast-growing evangelical community by vowing to block the legalization of abortion, gay marriage and drugs.

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. Last week he asked his economic advisor Paulo Guedes and his running mate retired general Hamilton Mourao to hold off on making public statements after contradictions emerged over economic policy.

However, former army General Oswaldo de Jesus Ferreira pledged to keep state oil giant Petroleo Brasileiro SA, known as Petrobras, in government hands.

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