Brazil’s Northeast: is it still a Workers’ Party stronghold?

Workers’ Party Fernando Haddad in Recife
Fernando Haddad in Recife

On Thursday evening, thousands took to the streets of the northeastern city of Recife to greet Fernando Haddad, the presidential candidate of the center-left Workers’ Party, on his final campaign push before Sunday’s election runoff. Despite a recent resurgence, recent polls show Mr. Haddad 12 percentage points behind his opponent, the far-right former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro.

The choice of Recife for one of Mr. Haddad’s last public rallies was no coincidence. While Brazil’s Northeast, the poorest region of the country, tends to show a lot of support for the Workers’ Party, October 7’s first round...

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