Brazil has a high number of political parties—35 at last count. Even so, presidential elections here have traditionally been rather predictable.
The two-round election counterbalances the centrifugal forces of the country’s multiparty system, allowing parties to regroup around the two leading candidates for the run-off. In the last six presidential elections, the two biggest parties—Lula’s Workers’ Party and the conservative Social Democratic Party of Brazil—have ultimately faced off.
With October’s election approaching quickly, the Workers’ Party faces a serious dilemma.