Second round of mayoral elections
The second round of mayoral elections takes place today for those municipalities where candidates failed to receive more than 50% of the vote.
In the first round on 7th October a total of 5,568 municipalities voted for new councils. Of those 83 are going to a second round today and these include 50 cities in 17 states involving 31,725,967 voters. Voting takes place in most states between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. local time.
In the first round the president’s party, the Workers’ Party (PT) won 627 mayors, up from 558 in the 2008 elections. The Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) won 692 mayoralties, down from 791 in 2008. The Democrats (DEM) were also down from 498 in 2008 to 273 this year.
The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) won 1,025 mayoralties down from 1,193 in 2008 but on a lesser vote than the PT overall.
Of all the elections taking place today the main focus will be on São Paulo where 8.6 million voters will be choosing between the PT and PSDB. The PSDB candidate José Serra received 30.75% of the vote in the first round; an opinion poll by the Public Opinion Research Institute suggests that he will gain 36% of the vote this time. The PT candidate, Fernando Haddad took 28.98% of the vote in the first round and is expected to take 49% of the vote in this round if the opinion poll is to be believed.