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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Brazil’s presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is leading the race against his leftist rival Fernando Haddad with a 14-percent gap, the latest poll showed.

    Bolsonaro is projected to win 57 percent of votes, according to Tuesday’s IPOB poll commissioned by O Globo and O Estado de S. Paulo. He is trailed by the Workers' Party challenger with 43 percent.

    The pollster said Haddad had recently gained on the frontrunner, narrowing the gap by 4 percentage points less than a week before the two face off in the second round of voting this Sunday.

    The Brazilian Workers' Party, whose nominee Fernando Haddad will participate in the upcoming presidential run-off, has filed a complaint with the Supreme Electoral Court asking it to remove front-runner Jair Bolsonaro from the election over a Whatsapp campaign carried out by his business supporters, local media reported.

    Brazil media outlets reported last week that businessmen close to Bolsonaro had concluded contracts with high-tech companies to spread hundreds of thousands of messages via the Whatsapp application, which might have affected the results of the first round of the presidential vote.

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    The party has also asked the court to prohibit Bolsonaro from holding elected office for eight years. Bolsonaro, in turn, has denied any involvement in the alleged violation.

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