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Oct 25, 2014

Brazil’s election too close to call on eve of runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff is heading into Sunday’s presidential runoff vote with a slight lead in most polls over opposition candidate Aecio Neves, setting the stage for Brazil’s tightest election in decades.

A survey released on Saturday by polling firm Ibope gave Rousseff a 6-percentage point lead over Neves, while a closely-watched poll by Datafolha showed the incumbent ahead by 4 points, within the survey’s margin of error.

Oct 25, 2014

Brazil presidential campaign ends in slugfest over corruption

BRASILIA, Oct 25 (Reuters) – Presidential candidates traded
accusations over political corruption on Friday night in a last
ditch attempt to sway undecided voters before Sunday’s election
runoff in Brazil’s closest race in decades.

In the final television debate of a bitter campaign, leftist
President Dilma Rousseff and pro-business opposition candidate
Aecio Neves sparred over who was best suited to restore growth
to a stagnant economy, fight inflation, bring down rents and
deal with open sewers in Brazilian cities.

Oct 23, 2014

Brazil’s president widens lead in polls ahead of Sunday vote

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff has a clear lead over her opposition candidate Aecio Neves and would win Sunday’s presidential election runoff by six to eight percentage points, two opinion polls showed on Thursday.

In Brazil’s tightest election in decades, the leftist incumbent’s aggressive campaign against pro-business senator Neves has succeeded in bolstering her support while increasing rejection of her rival, the surveys showed.

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.