A look at the election proposals made by Brazil's Bolsonaro

In a national address, justice Rosa Weber said Jair Bolsonaro had 46.7 percent compared to 28.5 percent for former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad.

Traditionally, the victor of the first round in Brazilian elections goes on to win the second round.

Another backer of Bolsonaro, and potentially a vice president to him, is Gen. Antonio Hamilton Mourao, 65, who allowed a tribute in 2015 to a former member of the military dictatorship recognized by Brazilian justice officials as a torturer during the military rule. In the weeks ahead of an October 28 runoff against former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad, Bolsonaro's main proposals are sure to come under much scrutiny.

The second round will be held on 28 October.

Unfortunately, many of Brazil's citizens don't seem to be quite as supportive of Haddad as they are of Lula and are instead coming out in droves for far-right candidate Bolsonaro.

Supporters of Bolsonaro were gathering outside the Windsor Hotel, where the candidate is watching the returns.

Polls predicted Bolsonaro would come out in front on Sunday, but he far outperformed expectations, blazing past competitors with more financing, institutional backing of parties and free air time on television. Never in a Brazilian runoff vote has the leader in the first round went on to lose, and certainly not by losing such a significant lead as Jair Bolsonaro's.

If elected, Bolsonaro has promised a total overhaul of Brazil's government.

The two images quickly spread in WhatsApp groups, which are heavily used by Bolsonaro supporters to spread their messages.

The first reputable opinion polls of the second-round only served to underline just how big a task Mr. Haddad has at hand.

Some party numbers are well-known.

While appealing to big business for support and seeking to cobble together an "anti-fascist alliance" embracing demoralized right-wing "democratic" politicians in the PSDB and even discredited media conglomerates that have carried anti-Bolsonaro reports, such as the right-wing O Globo network and Veja magazine, the PT, a thoroughly bourgeois party, is neither able nor willing to make any class appeal to the working class. But she says she would have pressed the button for "Bolsonaro with pain in my heart" since she is so disillusioned with the Workers' Party.

Others have lost faith in the Workers' Party and feel the current race leaves them with no good options.

Aragao, for his part, said the election had been consumed by feeling, discussion involving facts, figures and firm proposals on how to solve Brazil's social, political and economic problems drowned out. Revelations of suitcases of cash, leaked recordings of incriminating exchanges between powerbrokers and the jailing of some of the of the country's most powerful people unfolded like a Hollywood script - and then became one: Netflix released a (barely) fictionalized account of the probe this year. Doing so with a gun constitutes two electoral crimes. "People will be hungry, with a currency that is worth nothing", she said, while leaving a polling station with her daughter.

Ever since he announced he was running for president, there have been rallies for and against the controversial former army captain. "We are on an upward trajectory and are confident that the Brazilian people want to distance themselves from socialism". The tiny Socialism and Liberty Party has little chance of winning more than a small share of seats in Congress and at state levels.

The two leading presidential candidates in Brazil have cast their ballots.

One video allegedly showing the electronic voter machine switching someone's vote from Bolsonaro to Haddad was debunked by Brazilian media. He needed over 50 per cent support to win outright.

Many fear what Brazil will look like if he wins.

Brazilians in nearby buildings beat on pots to show their disapproval when he spoke afterward.

"I have the utmost respect for those who have run in the first round", Haddad said, naming several candidates he has worked with before.

It hasn't helped that Haddad, the son of a Lebanese immigrant, faced corruption accusations linked to his campaign during municipal elections in 2012.

  • Leroy Wright