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The implosion of the Brazilian “third way”

With two high-profile conservatives making erratic moves, the 2022 election is set to become a shootout between Lula and Jair Bolsonaro

third way João Doria is parked in the low single digits. And his presidential bid is exposing the massive divisions within his party. Photo: Bruno Escolástico/Photo Press/Folhapress
João Doria is parked in the low single digits. And his presidential bid is exposing the massive divisions within his party. Photo: Bruno Escolástico/Photo Press/Folhapress

Until very recently, Brazilian mainstream media had spent a lot of time talking up the existence of a massive pool of “Neither-Nor” voters. That is, citizens who want neither Jair Bolsonaro nor former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to win the presidency in October,  estimated at almost 40 percent of the electorate. At one point, there were a solid half-dozen politicians describing themselves as “the third way” between the two frontrunners. All of a sudden, these candidates have dropped out of contention in quick succession.

First came the news that São Paulo Governor João Doria would no longer...

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