>> Candidates kicked off their last day of campaigning Saturday for Brazil's most polarized presidential race in decades. The front runner, Jair Bolsonaro. A firebrand far-right's candidates, fortified by a new opinion poll, showing he has widened his lead over his closest rival, Fernando Haddad of the Workers' Party. Haddadd replaced the Workers' Party's jailed leader, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known simply as Lula.
Reuters correspondent, Anthony Boadle.>> Haddadd entered the race late because the party's found Lula held onto the candidacy into the very last moment to make his point that he was being politically persecuted by being jailed and barred from running in the election, even though he's Brazil's most popular politician.
Once he was confirmed as the PT's official candidate, Haddad surged in the polls and he is challenging the front runner, Jair Bolsonaro, far-right politician.>> But the Worker's Party has been challenged, its candidate, Haddad, is seen by critics as Lula's puppet who will release him from jail as soon as he's elected.
The 55-year old law professor has vowed not to do that, but he has promised to make Brazil happy again, playing to the nostalgia of working-class Brazilians who greatly benefited under Lula. While that message has connected with poor voters, chances look bleak. The latest poll suggesting Bolsonaro could possibly win a majority of votes Sunday and avoid a runoff.
Bolsonaro who suffered a near fatal stabbing at a rally a month ago, is riding high on widespread anger over rising crime and an economy in crisis. Brazilian markets have rallied on the prospect of Bolsonaro stopping the return of the Worker's Party, which investors blame for plunging Latin America's largest economy into its worst recession.