BRAZIL: Continental Campaign

From thatch-roofed Amazonian villages to dusty cattle towns on the Argentine border, the rasping blare of loudspeakers drowned out other sounds in Brazil last week. Sao Paulo's skyscrapers shook to political singing commercials. Sandwichmen stalked the streets on stilts scattering handbills. Placards adorned nearly every lamppost in the land. Office seekers barnstormed the backlands in chartered planes; at least two lost their lives trying to fly in & out of bush-country airfields.

The hemisphere's biggest republic was winding up its biggest election campaign. Fifty thousand candidates, campaigning on at least 14 party...

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