Bolsonaro struggles to sway Brazil’s poor voters with aid


              FILE - Claudio Goncalves looks out from the window of his home in the rural area of Aracuai, in the Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Oct. 11, 2022. Araçuai is part of the Jequitinhonha Valley in northern Minas Gerais state, bordering the poor northeast region that is a stronghold for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is running for president again. Incumbent Jair Bolsonaro has struggled to garner votes among the poor, which could ultimately cost him the election. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              FILE - Cleusa Pereira, who is unemployed and relies on a government handout says that it is not enough and she regularly goes hungry, prepares a meal at her home, in Aracuai, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Oct. 11, 2022. Thirty-three million Brazilians were going hungry in the six months through April, according to a study by several nonprofit organizations, including Oxfam. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              FILE - A woman adjusts an election banner promoting presidential candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Worker's Party legislative candidates, in Brasiliandia, one of Sao Paulo's poorest neighborhoods, in Brazil, Sept. 29, 2022. For da Silva it's important poor Brazilians not only support him, but actually turn out to vote. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)
            
              FILE - Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, and incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, take part in a presidential debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Oct. 16, 2022. During the first segment of their first one-on-one debate, they sought to convince poor voters that welfare payments will remain at their value. (AP Photo/Marcelo Chello, File)
            
              FILE - Vegetable vendor Maria do Carmo who hawks her products at a local market, says her stall has done much better in recent months as residents suddenly had some cash to spend due to an increase in a welfare program's benefits, in Aracuai, in the Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Oct. 11, 2022. "I'm not saying these people should get free money forever; they need to work. But it is a temporary solution that helps us, too," said do Carmo, whose daughter is a pro-Bolsonaro city councilor. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              FILE - Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pose for a selfie backdropped by an election banner promoting Bolsonaro's re-election bid, in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Aug. 16, 2022. Gaining traction in Minas Gerais is especially important to Bolsonaro, as the state has the second-largest population in the country. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              FILE - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who is running for reelection, attends a campaign rally in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Aug. 16, 2022. Bolsonaro government's Brazil Aid program, built upon former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's flagship Family Aid program and whose value was boosted in August, has helped people get by. It is also winning Bolsonaro votes. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              FILE - An election poster promoting former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for his presidential bid, lays on the ground during a campaign rally for rival, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro, in Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Aug. 16, 2022. Abstention is higher among poor voters, which will disproportionately hurt da Silva's presidential bid, according to Carlos Ranulfo, a political scientist at Federal University of Minas Gerais. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)
            
              FILE - Maria Antonia Branco prepares a meal inside her home at the Campinhos community of Itinga, in the Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Oct. 12, 2022. In 2003, then-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva brought his entire Cabinet to the Jequitinhonha Valley, saying he wanted his ministers to look extreme poverty in the eye. Da Silva chose the region to launch his Zero Hunger program, and it won him and his Workers' Party loyalty for years. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              FILE - Aglete Batista, second right, and family members, sit outside their home in Aracuai, in the Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Oct. 11, 2022. Like many families in Araçuai, Batista uses her welfare to pay outstanding tabs at local grocery stores. Her family rarely cooks anything besides noodles, rice or beans, and they use a wood stove because they can't afford cooking gas. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              FILE - Luzia Martins, who is unemployed, stands in line outside a bank to receive a government handout in Aracuai, in the Jequitinhonha Valley, Minas Gerais state, Brazil, Oct. 11, 2022. A staunch supporter of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is again running for president, Martins resents those likewise assembled to collect their welfare, but whose votes have swung to incumbent Jair Bolsonaro. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
            
              FILE - Residents stand on the sidewalk in Aracuai, Brazil, Oct. 11, 2022. Araçuai is part of the Jequitinhonha Valley in northern Minas Gerais state, bordering the poor northeast region that is a stronghold for former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who is running for president again. Gaining traction in Minas Gerais is especially important to incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, as the state has the second-largest population in the country. The two presidential candidates will face each other in a runoff Oct. 30th vote. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)