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  • Fernando Haddad, presidential candidate of Brazil's leftist Workers Party (PT), shakes hands with his supporters during a march for peace at Heliopolis slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 27, 2018.

    Fernando Haddad, presidential candidate of Brazil's leftist Workers Party (PT), shakes hands with his supporters during a march for peace at Heliopolis slum in Sao Paulo, Brazil October 27, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 27 October 2018
Opinion

Latest polls show the gap between the far-right Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad has narrowed considerably during the last week.

Just a few hours before polls open for the run-off in Brazil’s presidential elections, the gap between the far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro’s vote intention and that of the leftist Fernando Haddad has sharply narrowed, as militants Workers’ Party (PT) increased their efforts to try and convince those indecisive.

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A poll published by Datafolha on Thursday revealed that the vote intention for Bolsonaro fell three percent in just one week, giving the far-right candidate 56 points while Haddad’s vote intention increased to 44. Ibope has the current difference at 54-46, which meant the gap changed to an eight-point difference in the space of four days.

But this is not the effect of some magical spell after the first round of the presidential elections, those who support Haddad and those who fear Bolsonaro are joining forces in the streets doing face to face work on the streets to stop the rise of fascism in the Latin American country, trying to convince people to vote for Haddad instead.

The increasing support was also reflected on social media, as the hashtag #BrasilViraHaddad (Brazil Turns to Haddad) and others such as #ViraVotoHaddad13 (the Vote Turns to Haddad 13)  have been trending for hours in Brazil, showing the left has hope its candidate will overcome the dangers of the Social Liberal Party (PSL).

Another poll, published on Saturday by the Vox Institute and Brazil 247, declared a tie between both candidates with 43 percent of the vote intention each. Blank votes were 9 percent, while 5 percent didn’t want to give an opinion.

“Turning squad!”, tweeted the plastic artist Wagner Santiago, who recently took part in the 2018 edition of Big Brother Brazil.

 

Activists on the streets include nation-wide known artists and intellectuals sitting behind tables with information regarding both candidates, trying to convince those who usually don’t vote for the PT to do so and stop Bolsonaro from reaching the presidency.

“We see here a little of voluntary support #BrasilTurnsToHaddad”

Haddad and Bolsonaro were the two candidates with the highest points in the first round of elections and will face off during the run-off on Sunday, probably being Brazil’s most important elections in its history.

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