Brazil poll shows jailed Lula extending lead for October election

August 20, 2018

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has increased his support by almost five percentage points and would win Brazil’s October presidential election if he is allowed to run, a poll by CNT/MDA showed on Monday.

Electoral authorities are expected to bar Lula from the election due to a corruption conviction. Despite that, he took 37.3 percent of voter intentions in the latest poll. His nearest rival was far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro with 18.3 percent, followed by Marina Silva with 5.6 percent and Geraldo Alckmin with 4.9 percent.

(Reporting by Anthony Boadle)

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