The mood wasn’t exactly that of open cheering in the Superior Electoral Court (TSE) where the totalization in 2022 election votes🇧🇷 But with the venue packed with magistrates from the Federal Supreme Court (STF), the Superior Court of Justice (STJ), the Federal Audit Court (TCU) and, obviously, the TSE, they drew the attention of those present both in first and second in the second round, signs – sometimes of embarrassment, sometimes of nervousness – of two characters counting vote by vote in the presidential race starring Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (PT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PL).
According to reports obtained by VEJA, in the initial round of the dispute over the Planalto Palace, on October 2, STF president Rosa Weber stood out among the authorities most distressed by the dispute – at that time, the sprint final of the former captain, which garnered more than 51 million votes, took the decision to a supplementary vote.
In the second round, when Bolsonaro led the presidential race until around 6:45 pm – with around 68% of the votes counted, he was overtaken by the former PT president – it was the turn of former Supreme President Luiz Fux to show signs of greater nervousness.
Scalded by vote-to-vote disputes in previous presidential elections, one of those present rehearsed a joke to ease the tension caused by the fierce competition between presidential candidates. “Wait for the time to count the votes in Maranhão”, said one of them.
The reference to the state of the elected senator and virtual Minister of Justice Flávio Dino was made, authorities present told VEJA, because it was a medium-sized Northeastern state, but which, from then on, would confirm the high performance – and the consequent victory of Lula in the Northeast region. In fact, among people from Maranhão, Lula won 71.14% of the votes in the second round against Bolsonaro’s 28.86% (in the first round the PT won with 68.84% against 26.02%).
In the largest northeastern electoral college, Bahia, Lula opened almost seven million votes of advantage and defeated Bolsonaro in the supplementary round by 72.12% to 27.88%. As is known, the performance of the president-elect in the Northeast was responsible for stemming the advantage that Bolsonaro obtained in the Southeast region, which centralizes the largest portion of the country’s electorate.