Damares Alves is elected senator for the DF; Arruda is in 2nd

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Former Minister of Human Rights Damares Alves (Republicans) was elected senator for the Federal District with 45% of the valid votes so far (681,777 votes). The number can still change, but Damares is mathematically elected to the position. She had the support of the first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro.

By 7:30 pm, 95.51% of the sections had been totaled in the Federal District.

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Damares Alves became nationally known when she was chosen by the President of the Republic, Jair Bolsonaro (PL), to be the Minister of Women, Family and Human Rights.

A former advisor to former senator Magno Malta (PL-ES), Damares is a supporter of conservative agendas. She is against the liberalization of abortion and drugs, for example.

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After being elected, amidst the celebration with supporters and advisors, Damares received a call from President Bolsonaro. In a video made by CNN, you can hear her saying “thank you, president, for believing in me”.

Damares also spoke on the phone with Tarcísio de Freitas (Republicans), candidate for the government of the State of São Paulo. She calls Tarcísio “my governor” and says that now he “has a senator”. “What a turnaround,” she said. Tarcísio, however, is not yet elected to the state government of São Paulo.

Damares won the direct fight with Flávia Arruda (PL), also a former minister of the President of the Republic, who came in second with around 26% of the valid votes (408,756 votes). between the Planalto Palace and the National Congress.

Arruda is more connected to the center, to the president of the Chamber of Deputies, Arthur Lira (PP-AL), and to the Minister of the Civil House, Ciro Nogueira (PP-PI).

Intention to vote polls showed the two in the top positions, but Damares got a significant vote this Sunday (2).

Damares had the support of the first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, who attended a rally alongside the former minister in the final stretch of the campaign.

In third place, next to Arruda, was the PT candidate for the Senate, Rosilene Corrêa, with about 22% of the valid votes (341,310 votes).

Source: CNN Brasil

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