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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.

Sep 28, 2014

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

BRASILIA, Sept 28 (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.

Sep 24, 2014

Rousseff gains in Brazil presidential race as Silva slips

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff has regained the edge in Brazil’s presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who has lost ground among voters in the campaign’s homestretch, polls showed on Tuesday.

A survey by the closely watched Ibope polling firm showed Rousseff and Silva are tied at 41 percent in a likely second-round runoff that is expected to decide the election.

Sep 23, 2014

Rousseff regains edge in Brazil presidential race as Silva slips

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff has regained a slight edge in Brazil’s presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who is losing some voter support in the campaign’s homestretch, a poll showed on Tuesday.

Rousseff would have 42 percent of the votes against 41 percent for Silva in a second-round runoff if the election were held today, a one point advantage that amounts to a statistical tie as it is within the margin of error of the survey by polling firm MDA.

Sep 19, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff closes in on Silva ahead of October vote

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has clawed back support at the expense of her main opponent in next month’s presidential election, a poll showed on Friday, suggesting the runoff that should decide the vote is too close to call.

Marina Silva surged in the polls after joining the race on the death of her party’s original candidate last month, and she appeared poised to unseat Rousseff with a 10 percentage-point margin in the likely second round vote.