The Wall Street Journal: Far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro favored in divisive Brazil presidential election

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilians voted in a divisive presidential race expected to elect combative ex-army captain Jair Bolsonaro, shifting Latin America’s largest nation sharply to the right.

Bolsonaro, a champion of Brazil’s 1964-1985 right-wing dictatorship that he once served, has been polling at nearly 60% against Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party over the past few weeks, although his lead narrowed to around 55% on the eve of Sunday’s runoff vote. A paratrooper-turned-congressman, Bolsonaro has pledged to usher in a new era of “order and progress” — Brazil’s national motto emblazoned on its flag — luring rich and poor voters who are fed up with endemic corruption and terrified by spiraling crime.

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