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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.

Oct 4, 2014

Neves passes Silva in polls on eve of Brazil election

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian presidential hopeful Aecio Neves is heading into Sunday’s election with a slight edge over environmentalist Marina Silva in the race to advance to an expected runoff against the incumbent, three new polls showed on Saturday.

But on the eve of the vote, it remained unclear who President Dilma Rousseff’s adversary would be in a likely second-round vote later in the month, since the gap between Neves and Silva was within the polls’ margin of error, setting the stage for Brazil’s tightest election in decades.

Oct 3, 2014

Analysis – In Brazil election turnaround, incumbent emerges as favourite

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When more than a million Brazilians took to the streets last year in anti-government protests, many believed it was a sign that the ruling Workers’ Party would be ousted at the next election after 12 years in power.

Even three weeks ago, environmentalist opposition candidate Marina Silva was surging in opinion polls by tapping into the anti-establishment mood on the streets of major cities and promising to move beyond politics as usual.

Oct 3, 2014

In Brazil election turnaround, incumbent emerges as favorite

BRASILIA (Reuters) – When more than a million Brazilians took to the streets last year in anti-government protests, many believed it was a sign that the ruling Workers’ Party would be ousted at the next election after 12 years in power.

Even three weeks ago, environmentalist opposition candidate Marina Silva was surging in opinion polls by tapping into the anti-establishment mood on the streets of major cities and promising to move beyond politics as usual.

Oct 2, 2014

Rousseff widens Brazil election lead, challengers even

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has extended her lead ahead of Sunday’s election and would win re-election in a likely second-round runoff, while her main challengers are running neck-and-neck for second place, polls showed on Thursday.

Environmentalist Marina Silva has continued to slip and is now only 3 percentage points ahead of centrist candidate Aecio Neves, according to the Datafolha polling firm, a statistical tie because it is within the poll’s margin of error.

Sep 29, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff extends lead over Silva in election poll

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff is leading her closest rival Marina Silva by nine percentage points for a likely second-round runoff to Brazil’s presidential election, a new opinion poll showed on Monday.

Rousseff would win the runoff with 47.7 percent of the votes against 38.7 percent for Silva, widening her lead from the one-point advantage she had in the previous survey by polling firm MDA last week.

Sep 29, 2014
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Brazil’s evangelicals gain clout and get close to electing first president

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(Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) presidential candidate Marina Silva waves to journalists as she arrives for a TV debate, in Sao Paulo September 28, 2014. REUTERS/Nacho Doce)

Brazil’s increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world’s largest Catholic nation.

Sep 28, 2014

Insight – Brazil’s evangelicals gain clout, close to electing first president

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s increasingly powerful evangelical Christians are tantalizingly close to electing one of their own as president next month in what would be a historic shift for the world’s largest Catholic nation.

Marina Silva, an environmentalist running neck and neck in polls with incumbent President Dilma Rousseff, is a Pentecostal Christian who often invokes God on the campaign trail and has said she sometimes consults the Bible for inspiration when making important political decisions.