Roadmap to Brazil’s presidency: win in Minas Gerais

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Lula’s bid for Brazil’s presidency started in Minas Gerais

The Brazilian electoral system is very different from the one used in the U.S. Instead of the electoral college – with a winner-takes-all system in nearly every state – in Brazil each vote counts the same. Our rules are pretty straightforward: whoever gets the majority of the popular vote wins the race. Still, every four years, one Brazilian state is described as a “swing state” in the molds of the U.S. presidential race. It is the case of Minas Gerais, often nicknamed the “Brazilian Ohio” by political scientists.

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