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City elections in Brazil point to post-impeachment future

  • Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is surrounded by supporters as he campaigns for Sao Paulo's Mayor Fernando Haddad, who's running for re-election with the Workers Party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The first round of nationwide mayoral elections are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is surrounded by supporters as he campaigns for Sao Paulo's Mayor Fernando Haddad, who's running for re-election with the Workers Party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The first round of nationwide mayoral elections are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • Joao Doria, mayoral candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, right, embraces a supporter as he campaigns in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The first round of nationwide mayoral elections are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

    Joao Doria, mayoral candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, right, embraces a supporter as he campaigns in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Friday, Sept. 30, 2016. The first round of nationwide mayoral elections are scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Marcelo Crivella, bishop of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, campaigns for governor of Rio de Janeiro state, for the Brazilian Republican Party, in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After Senator Crivella ran and lost in previous mayoral and gubernatorial elections, he's the front-runner in 2016 for mayor of Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 29, 2014 file photo, Marcelo Crivella, bishop of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God, campaigns for governor of Rio de Janeiro state, for the Brazilian Republican Party, in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. After Senator Crivella ran and lost in previous mayoral and gubernatorial elections, he's the front-runner in 2016 for mayor of Rio de Janeiro. (AP Photo/Leo Correa, File)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilians are voting across the country for the first time since President Dilma Rousseff was removed from office, and they appear to be in a kick-the-bums-out mood.

The vote in more than 5,500 cities will help measure voter anger over a slumping economy, disgust at endemic corruption and divisions over Rousseff's impeachment, as well as local issues.

Polls show outsiders running well in big cities like Sao Paulo, where the front-runner is a businessman who once hosted "The Apprentice Brazil." More traditional candidates are simply hoping to garner enough votes to force a second round of voting later this month.

The Senate removed Rousseff for illegally shifting funds between federal budgets. She denies wrongdoing and says Brazil's elites are trying to roll back social gains brought by her leftist party.