Former federal judge Wilson Witzel and former mayor Eduardo Paes will contest the governorship of Rio de Janeiro in the second round on October 28, after being the two most voted in the first round of the regional elections in Brazil today, a vote that left out the ex-football player Romario.
The senator, who was world champion with Brazil in 1994 and to which the polls indicated as one of the two favorites, was excluded from the race when he came in fourth place with 8.75% of the votes.
Considered as the revelation candidate of the day, Wilson Witzel, a former federal judge nominated by the Social Christian Party (PSC), little known in politics but supported by far-right Jair Bolsonaro, the most voted this Sunday in the presidential elections, obtained more votes that Eduardo Paes, candidate for the Democratic Party and who was the favorite in the polls.
Witzel won 41.25% of the votes in the governor's elections in Rio de Janeiro, while Paes was the big surprise when he only won 19.51% of the votes.
Until Saturday the polls indicated that the ex-football player Romario, from the Podemos party (PP), would go to the second round with the favorite Paes.
Witzel was born 50 years ago in Jundiaí, a city in the state of Sao Paulo. He holds a doctorate in political science, a post-graduate degree in civil procedure and served as a federal judge for 17 years.
Eduardo Paes, 48 years old and born in Rio de Janeiro, was the mayor of Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Olympic Games, has been a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) on several occasions and has worked in the automotive sector.
The former federal judge began the race for the governorship of Rio with just 1% in the first survey released by Datafolha on August 22, while Paes started the race leading the campaign with 18% of the support and in a technical draw. with Romario (16%).