Brazilian Elections Show Decline of PT/Left-Wing Parties

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – More than 32 million Brazilians went to the polls on Sunday for the second round of municipal elections in 57 cities throughout the country. In Rio de Janeiro, conservative, evangelical bishop, Marcelo Crivella beat left-wing candidate Marcelo Freixo with a nineteen percent lead. In the three largest cities holding second round of elections, however, the real news was that abstention and blank/null ballots surpassed valid votes.

“This behavior [abstention and blank/null votes] has grown in the last two elections,” political scientist Geraldo Tadeu Moreira was quoted as . . .

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