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Brazil braces as Election Day could turn ugly

Brazilians will choose who will lead them in the next four years today, but with Jair Bolsonaro expected to contest results if he loses, the process could drag on for weeks and months

Supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro in Santos, a port city in São Paulo state. Photo: Stefan Lambauer/Shutterstock

Brazilian citizens choose their leader for the next four years today. But unlike other election cycles, this year’s vote might not end once all ballots are counted. 

If former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wins a third (non-consecutive) term, incumbent Jair Bolsonaro is expected to challenge the results and drag the country into an unprecedented political crisis that could last until inauguration day on January 1.

Since taking office in 2019, Mr. Bolsonaro has engaged in a crusade to discredit the very electoral system that allowed him — and three of his sons — to win multiple races for Congress,...

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