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Oct 22, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff pulls ahead of Neves before Sunday’s election: poll

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Incumbent President Dilma Rousseff pulled ahead again in a new poll ahead of Brazil’s presidential election and she appears to be the favorite to win Sunday’s runoff although the vote is still too close to call.

The Datafolha poll, released on Wednesday, was the fourth in three days to show that Rousseff is numerically in front of her rival Aecio Neves, the financial markets’ favorite who has promised business-friendly policies to revive a sluggish economy.

Oct 19, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff on the offensive a week from runoff vote

BRASILIA, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Opposition candidate Aecio
Neves is heading into the final week of Brazil’s presidential
race with a razor-thin lead in polls, but it’s the incumbent
Dilma Rousseff who appears to be gaining momentum in the
homestretch.

After a sudden surge before and after the first-round vote
on Oct. 5, Neves is struggling to retain the momentum that gave
him a slight advantage in recent polling.

Oct 16, 2014

Brazil presidential race heading for Oct 26 photo finish

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s most unpredictable presidential election in a generation is heading toward a photo finish on Oct. 26 between leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff and pro-business challenger Aecio Neves, two new polls showed on Wednesday.

In an increasingly acrimonious campaign, the candidates traded accusations of lies, corruption and nepotism in a bruising television debate on Tuesday night that had no clear winner and saw more attacks than discussion of policy issues.

Oct 15, 2014

Brazil election candidates spar over corruption, nepotism

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s two presidential candidates traded accusations of lies, corruption and nepotism on Tuesday night in a bruising television debate that had no clear winner ahead of the hotly contested Oct. 26 election runoff.

Leftist incumbent President Dilma Rousseff warned Brazilians that the election of her pro-business challenger Aecio Neves would lead to unemployment and put at risk social benefits gained under 12 years of rule by her Workers’ Party.

Oct 10, 2014

Brazil tests man for Ebola; ministry says in ‘good shape’

BRASILIA/RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) – Doctors in Brazil were testing a West African man for Ebola on Friday, although the health ministry said the patient was “in good shape” and his slight fever has subsided.

Health Minister Arthur Chioro said the 47-year-old man arrived in Brazil on Sept. 19 from Guinea, one of three impoverished countries, along with Liberia and Sierra Leone, at the heart of an outbreak that has killed nearly 4,000 people since March.

Oct 10, 2014

Rousseff and Neves neck-and-neck ahead of Brazil runoff

BRASILIA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Pro-business opposition
candidate Aecio Neves has gained support and is running
neck-and-neck with leftist President Dilma Rousseff ahead of
Brazil’s Oct. 26 presidential runoff, two polls showed on
Thursday.

The tight race highlights why Neves is actively seeking an
endorsement from popular environmentalist Marina Silva, who
finished third in the election’s first round on Sunday with 22
million votes.

Oct 9, 2014

Brazil’s Silva not yet ready to endorse Neves in runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva said on Thursday she will wait for political pledges from pro-business opposition candidate Aecio Neves before backing him in the Oct. 26 runoff to Brazil’s presidential election.

An endorsement from Silva, who finished third in the election’s first round on Sunday with 22 million votes, would increase Neves’ chances of unseating leftist President Dilma Rousseff and ending 12 years of Workers’ Party rule.

Oct 8, 2014

Brazil’s PSB party to back Neves in October 26 runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The political party that launched environmentalist Marina Silva’s unsuccessful presidential bid threw its support behind pro-business candidate Aecio Neves on Wednesday for Brazil’s Oct. 26 runoff vote against leftist President Dilma Rousseff.

The decision by the Brazilian Socialist Party increases the likelihood that the bulk of Silva’s 22 million votes would go to Neves, raising his chances of defeating Rousseff.

Oct 6, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff, Neves race for support in election runoff

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A tight runoff
campaign for Brazil’s presidency kicked off on Monday with
leftist incumbent Dilma Rousseff and pro-business rival Aecio
Neves racing to win over supporters of the third-placed
candidate after she was knocked out of the election.

Neves, a centrist senator who had been widely written off
until a few days before the first round of the election on
Sunday, rode a late surge in support to grab second place with
33.6 percent of the vote.

Oct 6, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff to face pro-business Neves in election runoff

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff placed first in Sunday’s election but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff and will face pro-business rival Aecio Neves, who made a dramatic late surge to finish a strong second.

After Brazil’s most volatile campaign in decades, which saw one candidate die in a plane crash and another soar into first place only to collapse at the end, the result ended up being what was expected a year ago – a showdown between two archrival parties that have governed the country for the last 20 years.