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Brazil far-right presidential candidate Bolsonaro leads with 26 percent: Poll

Key Points
  • It is the first poll taken since former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad became the Workers Party presidential candidate. He polled 13 percent, up from 9 percent. Leftist Ciro Gomes hit stayed even at 13 percent.
  • The poll found that Bolsonaro took 26 percent of voter support among those surveyed, up two percentage points from the same poll on Monday.
Brazilian right-wing presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro speaks to supporters during a campaign rally in the district of Ceilandia.
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Brazil's far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro, who remains in intensive care after being stabbed at a campaign rally, maintained his lead in a Datafolha election poll on Friday.

The poll found that Bolsonaro took 26 percent of voter support among those surveyed, up two percentage points from the same poll on Monday.

It is the first poll taken since former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad became the Workers Party presidential candidate. He polled 13 percent, up from 9 percent. Leftist Ciro Gomes hit stayed even at 13 percent.

Business-friendly candidate Geraldo Alckmin had 9 percent, down a percentage point. Environmentalist Marina Silva registered 8 percent.

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Key Points
  • Senator Gleisi Hoffmann, head of the leftist Workers Party (PT) that Lula founded, made the announcement in the southern city of Curitiba, where Lula has been jailed on corruption charges since April.
  • Lula had stepped aside to allow running mate Fernando Haddad to stand for the presidency, Hoffman said.
  • Support for Haddad, a 55-year-old former mayor of Sao Paulo, is rising, according to opinion polls released this week, but he does not have the national name recognition of Lula and still lags his rivals.