Brazil’s 2018 presidential election is five months away, but it has certainly attracted attention. There is, of course, no shortage of storylines – from the front-runner who is in jail to the extreme-right-winger who leads all polls. This year’s race occurs during a crucial moment for Brazil, with the country struggling to recover from the recession and facing deep social divides.
But under the radar, the political forces within each state are operating at full-throttle. Don’t be fooled – these races will help define the presidential election. In a country as vast as Brazil, having a strong local ally is crucial for grassroots politics. While social media will play a big part in shaping voters’ preferences, they alone won’t do the trick.
The Brazilian Report has analyzed the races in the country’s more critical states from electoral, social, and economic standpoints.