Bruno Covas Is Re-Elected in São Paulo

'It is possible to do politics without hate', says mayor

Bruno Covas Lopes (PSDB), 40, was re-elected mayor of São Paulo for the period from 2021 to 2024. The toucan had 59.38% of the votes, against 40.62% for Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), 38.

Even after being defeated, Boulos, the leader of housing movements, gained political prominence as the name of the left, especially in the face of the weakening of the PT, which has no mayors of any capital cities for the first time in 35 years.

SÃO PAULO - SP - BRASIL - 29.11.2020: Bruno Covas (PSDB) (Foto: Adriano Vizoni/Folhapress, PODER) - Folhapress

Covas' victory propels João Doria's plan for the Planalto in 2022, even though the governor did not appear in the campaign due to his high rejection in the capital.

It also consolidates one of Jair Bolsonaro's symbolic failures in this year's elections. Most of the candidates that the president supported were defeated.

In his victory speech, Covas said that São Paulo said no to denialism, in reference to Bolsonaro, and deferred to his deputy on the ticket, Ricardo Nunes (MDB), linked to childcare centers investigated for alleged irregularities.

Unlike the first round, the results were quickly released However, high abstention was repeated amid the pandemic: 29.5%, against 23.14% 15 days ago.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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