Polls suggest leftist Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva could win the Brazilian election without going to a run-off against President Jair Bolsonaro.
Lula close to outright win in Brazil vote
Brazilian leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva maintains a solid lead going into Sunday’s presidential race against far-right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and is within sight of an outright victory, polls suggest.
Brazil’s most polarised election in decades will decide whether to return to power a former president who spent time in jail on corruption convictions or a right-wing populist who has attacked the voting system and threatened to contest defeat.
Two polls released on Saturday suggest Lula has a majority of valid votes and could win Sunday’s first-round election, which would avoid a bruising run-off on October 30.
Pollster IPEC showed Lula winning 51 per cent of the valid votes, excluding blank and spoiled ballots, and a poll by Datafolha said the popular two-term president would get 50 per cent of the valid votes, with a margin of error of 2 percentage points.