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Brazilians Vote in Key Municipal Elections

Millions of Brazilian voters went to the polls Sunday to cast ballots in local elections.

Pre-election surveys said the vote was likely to favor the ruling coalition of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Candidates for mayor and city council posts were on ballots across the country. Run-off elections are scheduled for October 26, if no candidate in a particular race should win an absolute majority.

The popularity of Mr. da Silva, who has a public approval rating of more than 64 percent, is expected to help boost the ruling Worker's Party in its attempts to make gains across the country.

Election results may be available Monday.

Separately, officials in Brazil say police shot and wounded a man who tried to enter Mr. da Silva's residence on Sunday. Mr. da Silva was not home at the time. The man, who was shot in the leg, was taken to the hospital for treatment.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Bloomberg.