The coalition supporting Brazilian President Michel Temer scored important victories in the second, and last, round of municipal election voting Sunday, consolidating overall gains this year. Among run-off elections in 18 state capitals on Sunday, coalition candidates won 12. The first round of voting took place earlier this month, settling results in most of Brazil’s 5,500 municipalities. Overall, including both rounds of voting, coalition parties will now govern more than 80 percent of Brazil’s municipalities. Temer’s own party, the PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro), will control the largest number of municipalities, 1,037, up from 1,021 after the 2012 elections. Coalition partner PSDB (Partido Social Democrático) made major gains this year, winning in 803 municipalities, up from 695 four years ago. The opposition PT (Partido dos Trabalhadores) was the biggest loser, dropping to just 254 municipalities from 638 in 2012. The PT even lost in the São Paulo industrial belt cities where it first flourished in the 1980s. Prominent winners in the São Paulo industrial belt were candidates backed by the PSDB state governor, Geraldo Alkmin. The results strengthen Alkmin’s likely bid for the 2018 presidential nomination.
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