Lula Leads in Brazil, But Headed For a Runoff - The Monday AM Quickie 10/3/22
Could this be the end for Jair Bolsonaro's fascist regime? We'll see – results are still coming in, and who knows how Jair will react. PLUS: a huge guest joins the show this afternoon, in studio! - Jack
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THE BIG NEWS
Lula Leads in Brazil's Biggest Elections in Years – But Will Bolsonaro Give Up Peacefully if He Loses?
Results from Brazil's first round of Presidential voting are coming in, and a pretty clear picture of the next phase has come through. It's both good for the left and troubling: let's break it down.
So far, leftist leader Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has a significant lead over incumbent fascist President Jair Bolsonaro. With over 99% of the vote in, Lula is winning 48.4% to 43.2%, with other candidates making up the missing percentages, per the Guardian. While that's a strong showing, it's not what many on the left were hoping for: that Lula would break 50% and win outright in this round. That means that Lula and Bolsonaro go to a runoff election at the end of October.
Some analysis of the race suggests that in smaller races – in Brazil's Congress and in local races, Bolsonaro's movement still has power, suggesting that Lula's massive swell of support isn't a knockout blow to the Brazilian far-right.
The margins in the wider presidential vote were also closer than expected. AP reports that before this round of voting, polls showed Lula up 50% to 36%, which clearly wasn't borne out.
Most disturbingly, many Bolsonaro supporters, and the President himself, are sticking with rhetoric that basically rejects public information and the general democratic transfer of power. AP quoted one Bolsonaro supporter saying that he flat out didn't believe the reports that Lula was polling higher, and Bolsonaro has already started doing some of the same "election machine conspiracy" stuff that Trump popularized in the United States. If the margins get even closer in the runoff vote, what are the chances that Bolsonaro accepts the results and actually leaves office? We'll have to wait and see.
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ON THE SHOW TODAY
10/3 Sam and Emma host Donald Yacovone, Associate at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard University, to discuss his recent book Teaching White Supremacy: America's Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of Our National Identity. Then, they are joined by Chris Smalls, president of the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), IN STUDIO (!) to discuss the recent developments with the ALU's organizing efforts across the country.
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