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BRAZIL-ELECTION/BOLSONARO-WOMEN
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October 26, 2018
In Brazil's most polarizing election in decades, women have long held the decisive swing vote, with a...
Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
The Wider Image: Polarizing Brazil election forces women off the fence
In Brazil's most polarizing election in decades, women have long held the decisive swing vote, with a quarter of the female electorate up for grabs just a month ago - twice the undecided rate among Brazilian men. Days ahead of Sunday's deciding vote, however, right-wing front-runner Jair Bolsonaro has pushed them off the fence, splitting Brazilian women along deep fault lines. On one side, he has won the backing of women fed up with crime, corruption scandals and economic recession under the leftist Workers Party, represented by his rival Fernando Haddad. On the other, women say they cannot bring themselves to vote for a man with a track record of offending minorities and women, including telling a fellow lawmaker she was too ugly to rape and defending the gender pay gap. The latest survey from pollster Ibope shows a close divide, with 44 percent of women supporting Bolsonaro and 40 percent for Haddad. Men have broken overwhelmingly for Bolsonaro, who has the support of 56 percent, against just 36 percent for Haddad. The largest demonstrations against Bolsonaro in recent months have been led by women, gathering tens of thousands of protesters under the slogan "ele nao" or "not him." Yet their campaign on social media and in the streets of major cities spurred a backlash from Bolsonaro supporters declaring "ele sim" or "yes, him." REUTERS/Pilar Olivares SEARCH "BOLSONARO ELENAO" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY. Matching text: BRAZIL-ELECTION/BOLSONARO-WOMEN
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