Brazilian Presidential Mayor Candidates Lost Local Rivals

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RIO DE JANEIRO, November 16. / TASS /. Most of the candidates for the posts of mayors of the administrative centers of the Brazilian states, to whom President Jair Bolsonaro provided open support during the election campaign, could not reach the second round or lost to other candidates. This is evidenced by interim data from the country's Supreme Electoral Court (VIS, an analogue of the CEC).

On Saturday, Bolsonaro published on his Facebook page a list of seven candidates for prefect, whom he offered to support his supporters (later the head of state deleted his post). Among them, only the incumbent mayor of Rio de Janeiro Marcelo Crivella and the candidate for mayor of Fortaleza (northeastern state of Ceara) Captain Wagner advanced to the second round, finishing second in the vote count.

In Recife (northeastern state of Pernambuco), Manaus (northern state of Amazonas), Belo Horizonte (southeastern Minas Gerais) and Sao Paulo (state of the same name), Bolsonaro's candidates lost out to competitors. In the large port city of Santos (São Paulo state), a candidate from the list of the Brazilian leader could not prevent the successor to the incumbent mayor Rogerio Santos from being elected in the first round (after processing 90% of the votes).

Municipal elections in Brazil are held every four years and do not coincide with presidential and parliamentary elections. During this vote, citizens elect the heads of local executive and legislative branches. In 2020, almost 148 million voters could vote in the elections, who needed to elect about 58 thousand municipal deputies, more than 5.5 thousand mayors and the same number of their deputies (elected together) from more than 550 thousand candidates for these positions.

The second round, where required, will take place on November 29th. In northern Amapa state, both rounds of elections will be held in December due to recent electricity problems.

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