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After meeting in court, Moro keen to take on Lula at the ballot box

Despite seeing his name dragged through the mud due to bias in Operation Car Wash and his subsequent affiliation with the Bolsonaro government, Sérgio Moro remains a popular figure in Brazil and is eyeing a run at the presidency

After meeting in court, Moro keen to take on Lula at the ballot box
Former Judge Sérgio Moro believes he can attract voters who oppose both Lula and Jair Bolsonaro. Photo: Marcelo Chello/Shutterstock

Opinion polls from this week underline just how hard a task Brazil’s “third-way” candidates will face in next year’s election, in a field dominated by center-left former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva — the clear frontrunner — and far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

According to PoderData, Lula is polling 38 points ahead in head-to-head simulations against Governors João Doria of São Paulo and Eduardo Leite of Rio Grande do Sul — the two presidential hopefuls of the mainstream right Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB). At this point, it seems unlikely that either governor would even have a chance of...

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