SAO PAULO (Reuters) – A presidential campaign that has deeply split Brazilians and is likely to end with the election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro careened into the final week of campaigning on Monday.
Pollsters say Bolsonaro has an 18 percentage point lead over his leftist rival Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party (PT). With 95 percent of Bolsonaro’s backers saying in surveys that they will not consider changing their votes, it would take a stunning twist for Haddad to pull out a win in Sunday’s run-off ballot.
Tens - Thousands - Bolsonaro - Backers - Cities
Tens of thousands of Bolsonaro’s backers gathered in several cities across Brazil on Sunday, and the vibe was more of victory parties than pre-vote rallies.
“This is a clear sign that citizens are truly concerned about the future of Brazil and want somebody different from the PT in the presidency,” Bolsonaro said late Sunday in a television interview.
Protesters - Cities - Saturday - Events - Facebook
Anti-Bolsonaro protesters gathered in fewer cities on Saturday for events that were mostly organized by a Facebook group of women voters who oppose him.
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