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Brazilian presidential election too close to be called

RIO DE JANEIRO — President Jair Bolsonaro and his challenger Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva were very close in the second round of Brazil’s presidential election on Sunday after 78% of the votes were counted. The election pits an incumbent president promising to safeguard conservative Christian values ​​against a left-leaning former president promising to return the country to a more prosperous past.

Da Silva has 50.2% to Bolsonaro’s 49.8%, according to the country’s electoral authority.

Polls closed at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. EDT) across the country. Since voting takes place electronically, the first results are published quickly and the final results are usually available a few hours later. Bolsonaro had led throughout the first half of the count, and as soon as da Silva passed him, cars on the streets of downtown Sao Paulo began honking. People could be heard in the streets of the Ipanema district of Rio de Janeiro shouting: “It turned!


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