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Current influence of Evangelicals on politics

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Brazilian Evangelicals are a political force

As Brazil gears up for its most contested election since democratization, pre-candidates are clamoring for endorsements. But one particular group is being courted for its sizeable influence: the Evangelicals.

As a demographic, they’re one of the fastest-growing groups in Brazil, cutting into the world’s biggest Catholic population. However, Evangelical representation in Congress and the Senate means their influence over policy turns a political endorsement into coveted election currency.

In 1940, 95 percent of Brazilians declared themselves Catholic – and while there are still more Catholics in Brazil than anywhere else in the world in straight numbers, they had fallen to...

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