Can Brazil’s northeast call a halt to Jair Bolsonaro’s dangerous politics?

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The Northeast was the “anti-Bolsonaro” stronghold

As was widely predicted, Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right candidate of the Social Liberal Party, won the first round of the Brazilian presidential election, with just over 46 percent of the vote. But because he didn’t win a clear majority, he must now face Fernando Haddad of the left-wing Workers’ Party (who won 29 percent of the vote) in a second round on October 28.

Despite being branded a racist, homophobic, and misogynist fascist by his opponents, Bolsonaro is now the favorite to become Brazil’s next president. But support for him is inconsistent throughout the country – with resistance concentrated in Brazil’s poor northeast....

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