By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – With only six months to go before this year's presidential election, at least sixteen candidates have publicly announced they are in the race. Among those vying for the top political position in Brazilian politics are senators, deputies, former cabinet ministers and even a former Supreme Court Justice and an impeached President.

A poll taken by Datafolha last week shows jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as the lead contender by far in the race with at least 30 percent of the intended votes. The candidacy, however, is . . .

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