2022 Race

Bolsonaro rises in Rio, his political birthplace, to tie with Lula

Bolsonaro Rio birthplace Lula
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A recent poll shows that President Jair Bolsonaro has gained ground in Rio de Janeiro, his political birthplace and the state with the third-largest number of voters in the country. Per pollster Quaest, he is tied with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva with 35 percent of the votes apiece.

The results of this survey are not directly comparable to previous ones due to a change in methodology. But in March, Lula was 8 points ahead. As the election draws closer, Mr. Bolsonaro has been able to narrow the gap that separates him from the frontrunner in the South and Southeast regions — where he performed the best in 2018. 

Candidates of the so-called “third way” failed to reach the double digits.

Rio de Janeiro’s incumbent governor, Cláudio Castro, leads the gubernatorial race with 25 percent of voting intentions. He recently said he will support Mr. Bolsonaro — but won’t criticize Lula.