Brazil’s Joyless Municipal Elections Are Over: So What Have We Learned?

In Rio, as in many centers throughout the country, there was a strong sense that voters were driven to the polls not in support of a favored politician but in opposition to another.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil’s municipal elections concluded this week as 57 Brazilian cities held run-off races for Mayor. These contests were fiercely fought, sometimes downright ugly, and – as Presidential mid-term elections are wont to be – closely scrutinized for signs of shifting electoral sentiment. In this year’s relatively dour election cycle, political messages were not hard to discern.

Ironically, as he wasn’t on the ballot, the biggest loser in these Mayoral races was President Jair Bolsonaro. Of the raft of mayoral candidates he supported across the country, only five – in mid-size cities – won their . . .

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