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How do Brazil’s congressional races work?

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Don’t forget Brazil’s congressional races

On Sunday, October 7, Brazil’s electorate will go to the polls to choose the country’s next president and 27 state governors. With the unrivaled chaos of the executive race, it is often overlooked that Sunday will also see Brazil elect a new congressional lower house, as well as two-thirds of the Senate.

As we have seen in recent years, with the impeachment of former president Dilma Rousseff and the approval of controversial reforms, Brazil’s legislature is much more important than whoever sits in the president’s office in Brasilia. Nearly everything the government attempts to put into practice must first be...

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