RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Traditional center-right and right-wing parties emerged as winners Sunday, November 15th, in the first round of municipal elections in Brazil, though conservative President Jair Bolsonaro's favorite candidates took a beating in the country's biggest cities. Of 13 Brazilian mayoral candidates explicitly supported by Bolsonaro, 9 were not elected.
In the first elections since the man dubbed the "Tropical Trump" won the presidency in 2018, upending Brazil's political gameboard, voters continued to punish the divided and weakened left wing, tainted by corruption scandals during 13 years of Workers Party (PT) rule (2003 . . .