Bolsonaro’s Rough Day: What Does It Mean?

By Thiago Amparo

Brazil’s municipal elections saw setbacks for the president, gains for right-wing parties outside his orbit – and promising new voices on the left.

SÃO PAULO – Jair Bolsonaro had a bad Sunday Despite his strong popularity in national polls, he was unable to transfer this capital to his preferred candidates as Brazilian cities – all 5,568 of them – elected new mayors and city council representatives To the contrary, Bolsonaro’s support proved toxic in several cases His picks in São Paulo, the Amazon city of Manaus, and in Belo Horizonte, Brazil’s third city, were badly defeated Only in Rio de Janeiro, Bolsonaro’s electoral hub, did his candidate, the incumbent mayor and evangelical pastor Marcelo Crivella, manage to reach...

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