Could Brazil’s “third way” come from the left?

Polls show voters polarized between Lula and Jair Bolsonaro ahead of the 2022 election, with candidates more to the center failing to be competitive

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Ciro Gomes is trying to pivot from the center-left. Photo: André Carvalho/CNI

Brazil is still 16 months from its next presidential election, scheduled for October 2022. But, for many pundits, the result of the first-round vote is already cut and dried. The discussion now rests on who — if anyone — can threaten the current frontrunners: incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro and former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. The sheer clout of the two leading candidates on the far-right and left seem poised to swallow up anyone looking to present themselves as a third way.

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