Opinion: Brazil’s Election Surprises – Part I

Nationally, only eight of 24 senators who ran for re-election were able to win. The federal chamber of deputies will have almost sixty percent turnover, the most in twenty years, as scores of incumbents lost.

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Sunday, October 7th was definitely a day of surprises for everyone in Brazil, and specifically for the city and state of Rio de Janeiro.  The surprises are the result of democratic elections, where voters upended the presumptions and predictions of pundits, pollsters and protesters.

We’ll start with the presidential election. Rio de Janeiro is usually thought of as an ultra-tolerant, “liberal” city, where protests for individual rights are common. Indeed, shortly before election day, in an “#elenão” (“anyone but him”) demonstration, 200,000 people protested against Jair . . .

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