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Why this far-right candidate won Brazil’s election

Brazil just held potentially the most important election in its history on October 28th, 2018. Two candidates faced off:  Fernando Haddad represented the Workers’ Party, which has been in power for much of the past two decades. His opponent was far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro, who won the election in part by positioning himself as a political outsider with no part in Brazil’s sweeping corruption. With soaring crime and rampant corruption in government, Brazilian voters showed they are eager for change — a desire Bolsonaro effectively capitalized on. But with his deeply offensive rhetoric toward minorities, many Brazilians are worried about their safety and the future of their country’s democracy.

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