Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva, better known by his clown name Tiririca, received more than 1.3 million votes in Sao Paulo state in BrazilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s presidential and congressional elections. That was more than double the votes of the second-placed candidate in BrazilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most populous state. Tiririca caught the attention of disillusioned voters by asking for their support with the humorous slogan: Ã¢â‚¬Å“It canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get any worseÃ¢â‚¬Â and a promise to do nothing more in Congress than report back to them on how politicians spend their time. The clown, whose stage name means Ã¢â‚¬Å“grumpy,Ã¢â‚¬Â usually appears in public wearing a blond wig, a red hat and a garish outfit. He survived a last-minute attempt by public prosecutors to bar him from running because of evidence that he is illiterate. TiriricaÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s well-financed campaign will help elect other politicians because under BrazilÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s election rules he can pass his substantial excess votes on to other candidates in his coalition, which includes the ruling WorkersÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ Party.