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Bolsonaro has big lead ahead of Brazil's presidential runoff

Bolsonaro (center) during a press conference. Photo: Mauro Pimentel/AFP/Getty Images

Two polls taken ahead of an Oct. 28 presidential runoff in Brazil show far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro with leads of 16 and 18 points over leftist Fernando Haddad, who is backed by jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

Why it matters: Many Brazilians fear a Bolsonaro victory, in part because of his history of racist, misogynist and homophobic statements. There was speculation that his support would hit a "ceiling," but according to these polls, nearly 60% of Brazilian voters are willing to cast their ballots for him.

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