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To say no one knows who will win Brazil's presidential election in 12 months is an understatement.The race is the most wide open in many years as Brazil stumbles through a stunning combination of corruption scandals, economic upheaval and polarized politics.President Michel Temer won't be seeking reelection and as Brazil's most unpopular leader on record, he'll have little sway over his successor. Lula's appealing a sentence of nearly 10 years in prison.If he loses, Lula will likely be jailed or at least barred from seeking office. Still, a Datafolha poll last week showed Lula topping several matchups in a first round on Oct. 7, 2018, with about 35 to 36 percent.The lead centrist candidate is Sao Paulo Gov. Geraldo Alckmin, from the PSDB social democrats, one of Brazil's biggest parties.Lula being removed would open the door to a far less divisive figure from the left, Ciro Gomes, who served as a minister under Lula and was a popular governor in the state of Ceara.
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