Pandemic Miracle: Minimum Income Becomes Campaign Pledge in São Paulo Elections

The top mayoralty candidates in voting intentions - right-wing Celso Russomanno, center-right Bruno Covas and left-wing Guilherme Boulos - all support minimum income programs, after President Bolsonaro's successful 180-degree pivot on the question.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The success of the emergency aid in boosting Jair Bolsonaro's national approval rating to 40 percent, according to IBOPE, worked a virtual miracle in the election of the largest city in South America. The right-wing embraced a left-wing agenda and began to advocate a cash transfer program to complement federal initiatives.

The top three mayoralty candidates in current voting intentions - right-wing Celso Russomanno (Republicanos), center-right Bruno Covas (PSDB) and left-wing Guilherme Boulos (PSOL) - all support minimum income programs.

After years of almost isolated preaching in the name of basic citizen . . .

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