Brazil’s heated presidential election divides the nation

ABC News’ Maggie Rulli reports on the divisive presidential election in Brazil, with voters in Latin America’s largest democracy heading to the polls this weekend.
4:54 | 09/30/22

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 ACTIONS, BEING CREDITED WITH THE LIKELY PREVENTED TRAGEDY. NEXT YEAR, TO THE FINAL STRETCH OF AN INTENSE CAMPAIGN SEASON, DIVIDING A NATION. WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BRAZIL. DETECTABLE POLITICALLY MOTIVATED DEATH THREATS, AND THERE ARE GROWING FEARS OF VIOLENCE AFTER THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION RHAPSODIC'S OCTOBER 2ND. PARTICULARLY, IF A WINNER IS DECLARED, AND DOESN'T GO TO A RUNOFF RACE. MAGGIE RULLI HAS MORE ON THE ELECTION, AND WHAT IS AT STAKE. >> BRAZIL, A NATION ON EDGE TONIGHT. THE RUN UP TO THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, MARRED BY VIOLENCE. CONCERNS THAT A FAR-RIGHT LEANING PRESIDENT, JAIR BOLSONARO, LOSES HIS BID FOR REELECTION, AND MAY NOT ACCEPT THE RESULT. HIS OPPONENT, FORMER PRESIDENT, LOUISE IGNACIO LULA DESALVA. ONCE CONSIDERED THE MOST POPULAR PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY OF BRAZIL, NOW, LEADING IN THE POLLS. DESPITE BEING CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION, AND MONEY LAUNDERING, AND A SCANDAL INVOLVING AN OIL COMPANY IN 2014, LEAVING HIM DISGRACED, JAILED, AND BARRED FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE NEXT ELECTION. >> IT IS NOT A BEAUTIFUL PICTURE, AND IT IS A PRIVATE SECTOR, PUBLIC SECTOR, AND PEOPLE ABROAD. >> THE BRAZILIAN SUPREME COURT, OVERTURNING THE DECISION, AFTER ACCUSATIONS THAT THE JUDGE, AND PROSECUTORS INVOLVED, MANIPULATED THE CASE AGAINST HIM. THIS CLEARED THE WAY FOR HIS CAMPAIGN, TO TRY AND TAKE THE PRESIDENCY FROM BOLSONARO. BRAZIL'S CONTROVERSIAL PRESIDENT, A CLOSE ALLY OF FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP. HE WAS A VOCAL CRITIC OF COVID RESTRICTIONS, DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE PANDEMIC, AND A CLIMATE CHANGE SKEPTIC WHO IS ONCE STABBED DURING A POLITICAL EVENT. ACCORDING TO SOME POLITICAL ANALYSTS, HE HAS BEEN FANNING THE FLAMES THROUGHOUT THIS ELECTION CYCLE, AND POLITICALLY DIVIDING THE LARGEST LATIN AMERICAN DEMOCRACY, TO UNPRECEDENTED LEVELS. . >> THE TENSIONS ARE HIGH. >> HE WOULD SAY LOTS OF THINGS, AGAINST THE GAY COMMUNITY, AGAINST WOMEN, EVEN RACIST STUFF. WHEN HE WAS THE PRESIDENT, HE HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE MILITAR. BUT, MOSTLY, HE COULD GAIN THE ROLE OF PEOPLE WHO DIDN'T LIKE THE WORKERS PARTY, AND AFTER A LONG ADDITIONAL SCAN, WHICH IS THE WORKERS PARTY, WHICH IS THE PARTY OF LULA, NOW RUNNING AGAINST HIM. >> LULA, A 76 YEAR OLD FORMER METALWORKER, WHO ONCE ROSE FROM POVERTY, TO THE PRESIDENCY. NOW, LOOKING TO HIS SUPPORTERS TO DO IT AGAIN. >> [SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH] >> [SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH] >> [SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH] >> BUT NOT EVERYONE AGREES. >> [SPEAKING NON-ENGLISH] >> ACCORDING TO MOST RECENT POLLS, A LOOK AT WINNING ELECTIONS FIRST ROUND, AND AVOID A RUNOFF. >> IT IS FROM VERY DIFFERENT ORANGES, AND OUR POLITICAL RESPECT. OF COURSE, THEY ARE, MAINLY, CONSERVATIVE, AND WEALTHIER. LULA SUPPORTERS ARE, MAINLY, WOMEN, THE POOREST, AND, ALSO, THE LEFT WING. WE CAN MARK A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN. >> MISTAKES FOR THE PLANET ARE HIGH. BRAZIL'S HOME TO THE LUNGS OF THE WORLD THE, AMAZON, AND UNDER INCREASED THREAT DURING THE BOLSONARO REGIME. DURING HIS SUPPORT OF THE LOCKING INDUSTRY, AND RANCHERS, WHO WANT TO CLEAR MORE OF THAT. THE ELECTION, HAVING GAINED GLOBAL SUPERSTARS, LIKE ANITA, MARK RUFFALO, AND MAYNARD OF DICAPRIO, WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING TO INCREASE VOTER REGISTRATION IN THE COUNTRY. >> WE HAVE A LOT OF CELEBRITIE, ESPECIALLY COMING FROM THE WORLD OF MUSIC, AND BEING VERY VOCAL, ESPECIALLY. >> THE IMPACT IS UNCLEAR. MILLIONS, ACROSS

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