13 are affiliated with parties that support the president.
By Jovem Pan 03/10/2022 05:00 - Updated 03/10/2022 09:39
Edilson Rodrigues/Agência Senado - 09/02/2022
Federal Senate underwent a minority renewal in these elections; each state elected a representative
One of the main news of the elections on Sunday, 2, was the Bolsonarista wave that swept the Senate. Thirteen of the 27 elected parliamentarians are affiliated with parties that support the candidacy of President Jair Bolsonaro (PL) for reelection. Voters went to the polls to elect a third of the members of the Upper House of the National Congress – the other 54 were chosen in the 2018 election. In some states, such as São Paulo, for example, former Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation Marcos Pontes (PL) won around 50% of the valid votes and overthrew the former governor of São Paulo Márcio França (PSB), in a result that contradicted the scenarios pointed out by the research institutes. More than that, Palácio do Planalto managed to place all seven senators elected in the South and Southeast regions. In Rio Grande do Sul, General Hamilton Mourão (Republicans), vice president of the Republic, surpassed Olívio Dutra, a historic member of the PT, and won 44.11% of the valid votes. In comparison, despite the leadership of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), who ended the first round of the presidential race with 48.36% of the valid votes, only eight senators linked to Lula make it to the legislature: four from the PT, two from the PSD, one from the PSB and one from the MDB.
Other names around the President of the Republic who will serve an eight-year term starting in 2023 are former ministers Damares Alves and Tereza Cristina, elected, respectively, for the Federal District and Mato Grosso do Sul; former Minister of Regional Development Rogério Marinho (PL), from Rio Grande do Norte; former senators Wilder Morais (GO) and Magno Malta (ES); Senator Wellington Fagundes, re-elected by Mato Grosso; Cleitinho (PSC), from Minas Gerais; Senator Romário (PL), re-elected in Rio de Janeiro; federal deputy Hiran Gonçalves (PP-RR), congressman from Centrão; Jaime Bagattoli (PL-RO); former Secretary of Aquaculture and Fisheries Jorge Seif Júnior, from Santa Catarina; and Laércio (PP), elected by the State of Sergipe. Lula's allies performed better in the Northeast, a region that has historically been a PT stronghold. Of the nine seats in dispute, six will be occupied by candidates who supported the former president's candidacy. They are: former governor of Alagoas Renan Filho, son of senator Renan Calheiros; Otto Alencar (PSD-BA), re-elected in Bahia; former Ceará governor Camilo Santana (PT); the former governor of Maranhão Flávio Dino (PSB); state deputy Teresa Leitão (PT-PE); and the former governor of Piauí Wellington Dias (PT).