On Wednesday, the frontrunner to be Brazil's next president stumbled by spooking previously supportive investors, while a spate of violent incidents pointed to deep polarisation caused by the election race.
The Brazilian stock market fell, pulled lower by steep plunges in state-run energy companies, after the far-right-wing candidate made clear his promises for privatisations and pension reform were a lot less ambitious than many expected.
Bolsonaro's economic advisor was also targeted in a federal fraud probe into alleged mismanagement in investment firms he ran, involving pension funds linked to state-run companies. The prosecutors' office confirmed the investigation, first reported by the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, to AFP.
A survey released late Wednesday by the Datafolha firm confirmed Bolsonaro's advantage for the second round, crediting him with 58 percent of voter intentions to 42 percent for Haddad.