Lula’s campaign confusion could play into Bolsonaro’s hands

At the end of 2021, Lula looked to be a shoo-in for the presidential election. However, his lead has narrowed, while campaign mishaps are doing nothing to help his cause

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva leads all polls, but his recent mistakes give the far-right reason to be hopeful. Photo: Joyce Cury/Photopress/Folhapress

The Workers’ Party is set to officially launch Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s presidential candidacy on May 7. The ceremony is a mere formality, however, as the former president has been clear about his desire to return to the top job since the Supreme Court quashed his corruption and money-laundering convictions just over a year ago. 

At the end of 2021, Lula loyalists believed the official launch of his presidential bid would be the beginning of one of the least contested races for the presidency in recent memory. Incumbent far-right President Jair Bolsonaro was flagging in the polls and posting...

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