October 28, 2018 / 10:27 PM / 10 months ago

Far-right Bolsonaro takes commanding lead in Brazil election

Supporters of Jair Bolsonaro, far-right lawmaker and presidential candidate of the Social Liberal Party (PSL), react during a runoff election in Sao Paulo, Brazil August 28, 2018. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Right-wing Congressman Jair Bolsonaro jumped to a commanding lead in Brazil’s presidential election as the first votes were counted on Sunday, according to official results.

With 89 percent of voters counted, Bolsonaro had received 56 percent of valid votes, far ahead of former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad’s 44 percent. Based on the official results, newspaper O Estado de S. Paulo calculated that Bolsonaro had won the race.

Reporting by Brad Haynes and Brad Brooks, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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