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Brazil on Course to Usher in New Era of Hard-Right Politics

• By Bruce Douglas and Mario Sergio Lima

Barring an upset, Jair Bolsonaro, 63, will win the presidency after a divisive campaign that encompassed his stabbing, an onslaught of fake news and the imprisonment on corruption charges of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who had been the front-runner. Lula's successor, Fernando Haddad, 55, has largely failed to shake off public anger over his Workers' Party's record of graft.

So far, voters appear willing to give Bolsonaro the benefit of the doubt despite a history of skeptical statements about the virtues of Brazilian democracy during seven terms as a lawmaker. Last week, he scolded his son Eduardo, a 34-year-old federal deputy, when a July video surfaced in which he suggested closing the supreme court should judges impede his father's presidency.

Antonio Henrique, a 52-year-old bank employee in Rio de Janeiro, said Sunday that he's voted for the Workers' Party in every election since the 1980s, but crime, revelations of corruption and economic recession have him voting this time for Bolsonaro instead.

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