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By Chris Kudialis, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Political candidates hoping to reach favela populations in Rio de Janeiro, Baixada Fluminense and Região Metropolitana are paying extra for local support, confirm multiple reports. According to a report by O Globo, governing militias and drug cartels are charging up to R$100,000 for candidates to enter communities and leave propaganda, like signs and pamphlets.

The practice is allowing wealthy, paying candidates to emerge as unanimous favorites, and leaving . . .

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