Right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro claimed 47 per cent of the vote in the first round of Brazil’s presidential election, falling short of the outright majority needed to avoid a run-off.
With 92 per cent of votes counted, Mt Bolsonaro had received 47 per cent of valid votes, far ahead of former Sao Paulo mayor and leftist rival Fernando Haddad’s 28 per cent, electoral court TSE reported.
The pair will now enter a second round run-off vote on October 28.
Mr Bolsonaro, 63, gained momentum in the election after a near-fatal stabbing at a rally one month ago that kept him from campaigning.
He had appealed via social media for voters to hand him a first-round victory with a 50 per cent result.
A former Army captain who praises dictatorships and vows a brutal crackdown on crime and corruption, Mr Bolsanaro surged in recent opinion polls on a wave of antipathy towards Mr Haddad’s Workers Party, the leader of which is in jail after a corruption conviction.