Lula says he's ready for Brazil run off vote

STORY: Brazil's presidential election is headed for a run-off vote, electoral authorities said, after President Jair Bolsonaro's surprising strength in the first round spoiled rival Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's hopes of winning outright.

With 99.7% of electronic votes counted, Lula was ahead with 48.4% of votes versus 43.3% for Bolsonaro, the national electoral authority reported. As neither got a majority of support, the race will go to a second-round vote on Oct. 30

Lula da Silva said he has never clinched victory in the first round.