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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The first round in the presidential election will occur this Sunday, October 7th. All thirteen official candidates are still out on the hustings, but eleven of those thirteen know their battle has been lost — they will not make it to the second round on October 28th.

There are only two candidates with realistic hopes of joining in the winner-takes-all sweepstakes.

Unsurprisingly, these are the only two candidates with a solid “base” of enthusiasts who support them, unwaveringly and uncritically. Perhaps surprisingly, these two also have the largest percentages of voters . . .

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