Lula da Silva and Jair Bolsonaro will go to a second round on October 30 after a fairly close election day this Sunday.
The former president obtained 48.39% of the votes counted while the current president received 43.23%, according to official data.
A much tighter result than the voting intention polls anticipated, which placed Bolsonaro up to 14 points below Lula.
Despite not achieving victory in the first round, Lula is confident
“I have always believed that we are going to win the elections and what I can say is that yes, we are going to win these elections. This is just an extension for us,” the Workers’ Party candidate told his supporters after the results were known.
Meanwhile, Bolsonaro hits the ground again after being underestimated by analysts and polls. However, he admitted that his campaign will have to take a turn to achieve re-election.
“I think we will form a good alliance to win the elections,” said the president.
The results of this Sunday confirmed a fact that had been intuited since before the start of the campaign.
These elections were one of the most polarized in Brazilian democracy. The two candidates monopolized 91% of the votes.
It was also a day of tension, with some recorded incidents. The most serious has been a shooting at a polling station in São Paulo that has left two policemen with gunshot wounds.
On October 30, Brazil will decide whether to return to the left of Lula da Silva or follow the path of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro.