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The Latest: Trump congratulates Brazil’s new president-elect

Voters wait in line at a polling station in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Jair Bolsonaro, presidential candidate with the Social Liberal Party is running against leftist candidate Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

SAO PAULO (AP) — The latest on Brazil’s presidential runoff (all times local):

11:40 p.m.

U.S. President Donald Trump is pledging to work with Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right congressman who won the presidency of Brazil on Sunday.

The White House says Trump called Bolsonaro after his victory.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that Trump congratulated the president-elect and that “both expressed a strong commitment to work side-by-side to improve the lives of the people of the United States and Brazil.”

Voters in Sunday’s runoff election apparently looked past warnings that the brash former army captain would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical change after years of turmoil.

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8:50 p.m.

The conservative presidents of Argentina and Chile are congratulating Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro, the far-right congressman who won the presidency of Latin America’s largest nation Sunday.

In his congratulatory tweet, Argentine President Mauricio Macri added: “I hope to work together for the good of the relationship of our countries and the welfare of Argentines and Brazilians.”

President Sebastian Pinera of Chile used Twitter to send praise to Brazil, saying: “I congratulate the Brazilian people for a clean and democratic election.”

Pinera tweeted to Bolsonaro: “I am sure we will work with vision and strength toward a future that will favor integration and the welfare of our people.”

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7:50 p.m.

Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal has declared far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro the next president of Latin America’s biggest country.

With 96 percent of ballots counted, Bolsonaro has 55.5 percent of the votes. Leftist Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party has 44.5 percent. 

Voters in Sunday’s runoff election apparently looked past warnings that the brash former army captain would erode democracy and embraced a chance for radical change after years of turmoil. 

Bolsonaro went into the election the clear front-runner after getting 46 percent of the votes to Haddad’s 29 percent in the first round of the election Oct. 7.

After opinion polls in recent weeks had Bolsonaro leading by as much as 18 percentage points, the race had tightened in recent days. But Haddad was unable to make up the difference. 

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7:35 p.m.

Many Brazilians are celebrating the news that far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro holds a big lead in vote-counting for Brazil’s presidency with the majority of ballots tallied.

People set off fireworks on Rio de Janeiro’s Copacabana beach, and car drivers honked their horns across the city Sunday. In Sao Paulo, crowds gathered on a central avenue with banners and flags and people cheered and set off firecrackers in other neighborhoods as results came in.

Riot police separated supporters of Bolsonaro and those of his leftist rival Fernando Haddad when they briefly scuffled in Sao Paulo.

The Supreme Electoral Tribunal says that with more than 94 percent of ballots counted, Bolsonaro leads with 55.5 percent of the vote to Haddad’s 44.5 percent.

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7:15 p.m.

Far-right congressman Jair Bolsonaro has taken a big lead in vote counting for Brazil’s presidency with a majority of ballots tallied.

Voters in Sunday’s runoff election apparently discounted warnings that the brash former army captain would erode democracy and instead embraced a chance for radical change after years of turmoil.

Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Tribunal says that with more than 88 percent of the votes counted, 55.7 percent supported Bolsonaro, while 44.3 percent backed leftist Fernando Haddad of the Workers’ Party.

Final results are expected later Sunday.

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5 p.m.

Voting stations throughout most of Brazil are closing as the country’s presidential election nears an end.

Polls closed at 5:00 p.m. local time in all but one far-western state, though those in line are still able to cast ballots.

Because of time zone differences, polling stations close two hours later in Acre state, which is on the border with Peru and Bolivia.

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4:30 p.m.

Brazil’s outgoing President Michel Temer said his government is ready to begin the handover to the new government being chosen in Sunday’s election.

Temer voted in Sao Paulo and told reporters the transition will start “tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.”

He said the transition would be “calm and quiet” and that the team of the elected president will receive “almost all the information regarding what was been done and what still needs to be done”

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3:00 p.m.

The bitterness of Brazil’s presidential election campaign so far doesn’t seem to have spilled over into the voting itself.

The head of the Organization of American States’ election observation mission says voting has been taking place in a climate of “tranquility and normality.”

Former Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla says members of the mission are seeing “with no reports of violence or any other difficulty.”

The president of the Superior Electoral Court also says Sunday’s election has taking place peacefully throughout the country.

Rosa Weber says the “tranquility gives me a sensation of happiness. It is a celebration of democracy.”

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12:45 p.m.

The two candidates to become Brazil’s next president have cast their ballots along with millions of other Brazilians.

Far-right former Army captain Jair Bolsonaro voted in a military compound in Rio de Janeiro surrounded by security and supporters who shouted his name. He did not speak to the press.

Fernando Haddad of the leftist Workers’ Party voted in Sao Paulo and said he was “confident we can win.”

Bolsonaro has had a strong lead in polls, but Haddad got a string of last-minute endorsements ahead of Sunday’s vote.

They included popular former supreme court justice Joaquim Barbosa, who tweeted that Bolsonaro’s candidacy scared him.

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10:20 a.m.

Voting for the presidency is in full swing in Latin America’s largest nation.

Voters are picking between far-right Congressman Jair Bolsonaro and former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad.

Polls ahead of Sunday’s vote showed Bolsonaro with a 10 percent advantage. Still, the race appeared to be tightening, as just weeks before Bolsonaro had an 18-point lead.

Bolsonaro cast his vote in Rio de Janeiro, which he represents in Congress. Haddad was expected to vote later Sunday in Sao Paulo.

During the first round of voting on Oct. 7, Bolsonaro garnered 46 percent compared to 29 percent for Haddad.

Bolsonaro has promised to crack down on crime and overhaul the economy. Haddad has promised a continuation of many progressive policies of his Workers’ Party, which governed from 2003 to 2016.

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