Barack Obama Is Running for Congress in Brazil

When campaigning for office in Brazil, you are only as good as your nickname

When election season rolls around in Brazil, candidates will often adopt a nickname to make themselves stand out. For instance, during municipal elections in 2012, if you were inclined to vote for a superhero, you had your pick of the litter: Batman, Robin and Rambo all appeared on the ballot. And for those with a dour, jihadi sensibility, there was also a candidate who went by the moniker Bin Laden.

This year, Claudio Henrique dos Anjos, a 45-year-old running for congress in Brazil, is banking on a different kind of name recognition: He’ll appear on the ballot as “Barack Obama.” Apparently, the U.S. president’s approval ratings haven’t suffered everywhere.

Electoral laws in Brazil allow candidates to choose the name they want to go by during campaigns. Click through our slideshow to see some of the more imaginatively named candidates running for congress.


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