The Two Most Popular Candidates in Brazil

Brazil’s Lula and Bolsonaro are about to face off again. What you need to know

The two men have met five times in the past three years, with Bolsonaro a significant political and economic force in Brazil, while Lula remains Brazil’s most popular politician.

In the last campaign, Lula beat Bolsonaro for second place and secured the largest share of votes in 2014’s presidential election. He’s still the most popular former president.

While Lula remains popular, Bolsonaro’s fortunes have been reversed. His election in October sent a shock through his supporters and the nation.

Here’s what you need to know about the candidates’ chances for a repeat of their 2016 contest.

The candidates:

Lula: Brazil’s first popularly elected president came to power in 2002 with the mandate to turn his country around in a period of recession and mass unemployment.

He’s won every election since, even as the country struggled through years of recession and corruption scandals.

Lula also served as mayor of Brazil’s biggest and poorest city, surviving a military coup, a political scandal and attacks on his credibility during his presidential campaigns.

He’s been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

Lula has long been an adversary to Bolsonaro. But that all changed when Bolsonaro attacked him during the 2016 campaign.

Bolsonaro: He’s served as the state governor of Rio de Janeiro before becoming the president.

He’s also served as a federal deputy, federal and state representative, and senator.

He’s the grandson of Brazil’s first president, Getulio Vargas.

Bolsonaro has spent the past couple of years making anti-corruption efforts the centerpiece of his presidency.

He’s a former congressman running for senator and still considers himself a “leftist” who “fights to defend the poor.”

He’s also been a vocal critic of foreign investment in Brazil.

Bolsonaro has been an outspoken racist in the past, and his political rise was stym

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