Officially out of the presidential race, former Justice Minister Sergio Moro is clutching to a shred of hope of seeing his name on the presidential ballot in October. Per weekly magazine Veja, he has contacted multiple polling institutions to ask them to keep his name in election surveys even after his party, União Brasil, announced another presidential nominee last week.
Mr. Moro switched parties early in April with the hope of joining a group with hefty funds to support his candidacy, but União Brasil was only willing to back him for a seat in Congress. The former judge, who was parked in the high single digits when his candidacy was dropped, is reportedly also preparing a campaign for a Senate seat.
By May 18, multiple center-right parties plan to present a single candidate representing the so-called “democratic center,” a political force that has not taken off in the polls — due to its sheer incompetence and the strength of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and center-left former leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.