Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - After weeks of campaigning and sparring for support amid spiralling polarisation throughout the country, Brazil's presidential race has been reduced from a field of 13 runners to a head-to-head race between far-right firebrand Jair Bolsonaro and leftist Fernando Haddad.
From the Amazon region to the posh condominiums of Sao Paulo, a conservative wave swept over Latin America's largest nation this past weekend. And when the votes were counted, Bolsonaro came close to winning the presidential election in the first round. But not this well.
The 147 million voters will choose the president, all 513 members of the lower house of Congress, two-thirds of the 81-member Senate plus governors and lawmakers in all 27 states.
The two men do share some similarities, including their disdain for political correctness and lack of a filter.
He would need to present a centrist economic platform, naming a future finance minister who will inspire market confidence, she said, in order to win back voters who dislike Mr. Bolsonaro's authoritarian tendencies, but mistrust the Workers' Party handling of the economy.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula is now serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.
Bolsonaro has slammed government-mandated quotas for minorities at universities, and wants to develop the Amazon.
Mr. Haddad flew on Monday to the southern city of Curitiba to visit Mr. da Silva, the party's founder and still one of the country's most beloved figures, in jail.
That would be explosive growth for a small far-right party that now has only eight lower house seats and no presence in the Senate before the vote. The left lost some seats.
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A Thursday survey from pollster Datafolha found Bolsonaro had 35% support, a jump of 3% points since Tuesday. "A lot of lies on the internet", he said.
Despite several controversial remarks on social issues, Bolsonaro is extremely popular in Brazil in large part for his strong opposition to socialism and promise to curb crime in a country that suffered 63,880 murders in 2017.
In one of his last appeals to voters before Sunday's voting, Mr Bolsonaro tweeted that he would "defend the family and the innocence of children, treat criminals as such and not get involved in corruption schemes". "We have to believe in our Brazil".
Some changed their minds in the polling both.
The center-left, in turn, collapsed with the candidacy of Lula, Brazil's most beloved and simultaneously most despised politician.
Meanwhile, a poster that said that voting for Bolsonaro would put north-easterners "in their place", also circulated online, with some suspecting it was an intentional campaign to arouse the north-east's anti-Bolsonaro sentiments.
Front-runner Jair Bolsonaro had surged in opinion polls over the past week.
Mr. Bolsonaro won a surprising 46%, just short of the 50% needed to win outright in the first round. Bolsonaro only needs a few more points to secure victory, but Haddad's supporters vowed Monday to launch a tough fight to make up ground after he finished a distant second in the first round. Haddad's best chance of staging an upset, observers say, is to motivate those voters to cast ballots for him.
Haddad, though, has his own challenge.
"Haddad has a huge albatross around his neck because of the corruption and all the rhetoric about the impeachment and Lula", said Taylor.