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Rise of the far-right in Brazil spells the end of an era in São Paulo

For almost three decades, Brazil's wealthiest state has been governed by the center-right PSDB party. After losing ground to Bolsonaro's far-right, they have just lost control of São Paulo

Rodrigo Garcia's poor performance in 2022 ends a streak of five gubernatorial wins for the Brazilian Social Democracy Party in São Paulo, including multiple first-round landslides. Photo:
Rodrigo Garcia’s poor performance in 2022 ends a streak of seven gubernatorial wins for the Brazilian Social Democracy Party in São Paulo, including multiple first-round landslides. Photo: Ronny Santos/Folhapress

Rodrigo Garcia, the governor of Brazil’s wealthiest and most populous state São Paulo, declared his “unconditional support” this week for President Jair Bolsonaro’s re-election bid. His endorsement, days after he tasted defeat in his own re-election race, marks the end of an era.

For the last 28 years, São Paulo state has been ruled by governors from the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) or their lieutenants. On Sunday, Mr. Garcia from the PSDB finished third in the São Paulo gubernatorial election, keeping the party out of the runoff and closing a long chapter in the state’s history.

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