Brazil’s political map after the 2020 elections

Conclusions from this weekend's municipal votes are littered with caveats

Brazil's political map after the 2020 elections
Rally in São Paulo. Photo: Gilberto Marques/FP

The 2020 municipal elections were as atypical as they come. Being held amid a deadly pandemic, the first round of voting was marred by an attempted hack and technical issues that delayed the count, and polling days were postponed in one state capital hit by weeks-long power cuts. The results are, fittingly, hard to interpret.

As we explained in today’s Weekly Report, the center-right was the biggest victor of these elections, winning in thousands of municipalities, including key battlegrounds such as São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, and Belo Horizonte. That could signal that Bolsonarism as a political force is...

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