Brazil's presidential race remains wide open, leaving the future of the world’s fifth-most populous country and eighth-largest economy mired in uncertainty. It is unlikely any candidate will win a majority in the first round of voting on October 7, which would trigger a runoff on October 26.
The big picture: Anxieties over endemic crime and corruption continue to fuel discontent, creating volatile conditions. Tensions have already boiled over once, with Jair Bolsanoro, a far-right wing Congressman whose campaign has drawn parallels to Donald Trump, being stabbed in the stomach at a rally. Whatever its results, the election is unlikely to heal the divisions created by the country’s ongoing political crisis and sluggish economic growth.