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Lula’s guy: Brazilian Left’s new candidate Haddad rallies voters who barely recognise him

Lula’s guy: Brazilian Left’s new candidate Haddad rallies voters who barely recognise himAs the new favourite to face far-Right candidate Jair Bolsonaro in the Brazilian election race, there is only one question on the lips of Fernando Haddad's supporter base: who is he? Last week, jailed former president Luiz Inácio "Lula" da Silva – the firm frontrunner – officially stepped down as the candidate for the centre-left Workers’ Party, calling in running mate Mr Haddad as his replacement.  Now, the Workers' Party’s strategy is to transfer as much of these votes as possible to Lula's understudy Mr Haddad, the former education minister and São Paulo mayor. Besides Mr Haddad’s professorial, technocratic demeanour – a far cry from Mr da Silva’s passionate fist-shaking and rabble-rousing – the stand-in candidate is virtually unknown outside of the large urban centres of Brazil’s southeast. Nevertheless, early indications show that Mr Haddad, who has seen his voting intentions triple in the last three weeks, is hotly tipped to challenge Mr Bolsonaro in a second-round runoff. Supporters of Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva holds a mask of his face Credit: NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP This week, Mr Haddad beings his campaign in the northeast of Brazil, the least developed region of the country and a traditional Workers’ Party stronghold. During his last visit, Mr Haddad was a stranger to the local electorate, referred to mostly as “Lula’s guy”, or mistakenly as Fernando “Andrade”.  This time, he will need to make a much greater impact. Brazil goes to the polls on October 7, leaving Mr Haddad little time to win over Mr da Silva's impressive support base. Polls released last week gave Mr Haddad 13 per cent of the vote, up from 4 per cent three weeks ago and tied in second place alongside fellow centre-Left candidate Ciro Gomes. Supporter of Brazil's Workers Party gather for a rally  Credit: DANIEL RAMALHO/AFP/Getty Images In contrast, before bowing out of the race, Mr da Silva was polling at 39 per cent. Had he not been barred from running, there is a considerable chance he would have been elected with an overall majority, despite the fact he is currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption and money laundering. "Haddad is trying his best to present himself as Lula’s candidate, and this is why he has been growing in opinion polls", said José Alvaro Moisés, political scientist and one of the founders of the Workers’ Party.  "After two days’ campaigning, we’re already in second place", joked Mr Haddad at a press conference with foreign correspondents last week. "There are still 20 more days to go."



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Trump Achieves The Impossible: Democratic Voters Want Jeff Sessions To Stick Around

Trump Achieves The Impossible: Democratic Voters Want Jeff Sessions To Stick AroundPresident Donald Trump has scrambled many of Washington's standard operating



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President Obama Tells Voters to Show Up Or Things Could 'Get Worse'

President Obama Tells Voters to Show Up Or Things Could 'Get Worse'Obama gave the speech Saturday in a key Southern California battleground



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Voters Will Likely Use North Carolina's Unconstitutional Congressional Map Again This Year

Voters Will Likely Use North Carolina's Unconstitutional Congressional Map Again This YearNorth Carolina is unlikely to have new congressional districts this year, even



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Georgia County Can't Back Up Its Excuse For Plan To Disenfranchise Black Voters

Georgia County Can't Back Up Its Excuse For Plan To Disenfranchise Black VotersOfficials in a majority-black Georgia county accused of trying to close almost



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St. Louis Voters Oust Prosecutor Who Didn't Bring Charges In Cop Killing Of Michael Brown

St. Louis Voters Oust Prosecutor Who Didn't Bring Charges In Cop Killing Of Michael BrownWesley Bell, who cast himself as a reformer committed to changing a local



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Zimbabwe's voters stick with Mugabe's old party

Zimbabwe's voters stick with Mugabe's old partyZimbabwe's Zanu-PF has won a majority of seats in parliament, official results say, setting the stage for Emmerson Mnangagwa to win the presidency. David Doyle reports.



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Voters in Mexico choose new president, thousands of officials in country’s largest election

Voters in Mexico choose new president, thousands of officials in country’s largest electionPresidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, commonly known by his initials, AMLO, leads in the polls. The election comes amid a U.S. border crisis as thousands travel through Mexico to the United States.



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Should California Really Be 3 States? Voters Will Decide In November.

Should California Really Be 3 States? Voters Will Decide In November.A dramatic proposal to split California into three separate states has



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'Roseanne' shows what the media got wrong about Trump voters

'Roseanne' shows what the media got wrong about Trump votersJudging from its jokes about black Americans and immigrants, “Roseanne” was aimed at culturally affronted white Americans who feel robbed of their heritage. So it was a good bet that its star would stumble her way into the hatred and bigotry that lurk all over social media.



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