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Sep 8, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff moves to limit damage from Petrobras scandal

BRASILIA, Sept 8 (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff sought
to shield her re-election bid from a new scandal at state-run
oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA by asking
prosecutors on Monday for any details involving officials in her
government.

Brazilian magazine Veja reported on Saturday that a jailed
former executive at Petrobras named Energy Minister Edison Lobao
and two dozen other politicians as people who received kickbacks
from the company’s contracts.

Sep 5, 2014

Rousseff goes negative as Silva leads Brazil presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – With polls showing Marina Silva well-positioned to win Brazil’s election next month, President Dilma Rousseff’s campaign team has taken off the gloves and is painting her rival as a dangerous wild card backed by an out-of-touch financial elite.

Rousseff’s campaign managers hope to reverse Silva’s dramatic rise in polls by portraying the environmentalist as an obstacle to Brazil’s development and a threat to the social gains made under 12 years of leftist Workers’ Party rule.

Sep 4, 2014

Brazil polls show Silva surge halted ahead of October election

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has gained some ground against opposition candidate Marina Silva whose surge in voter support for the October elections has ended, two new polls showed on Wednesday.

Both polls still project the popular environmentalist as the favorite to beat Rousseff in a second-round runoff, though by a narrower margin than surveys done last week.

Aug 30, 2014

Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election

BRASILIA, Aug 29 (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva
has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10
percentage points in what could be a likely runoff in Brazil’s
October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on
Friday.

It was the third poll in less than a week that projected the
Oct. 5 election would go to a second-round vote in which
Rousseff would be unseated by Silva, who entered the race just
10 days ago following the death of her party’s candidate.

Aug 27, 2014

New Brazil poll shows Silva beating Rousseff in runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva would handily beat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil’s October election goes to a runoff, a poll showed on Wednesday, an outcome that seemed unimaginable just a few weeks ago and one that would put an end to 12 years of Workers’ Party rule.

Silva would win 43.7 percent of the votes to 37.8 percent for Rousseff in a likely second round of voting, said the survey by polling firm MDA. It was the second poll in less than 24 hours to show Silva ahead in such a scenario.

Aug 26, 2014

Silva surges in Brazil election race, threatens Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – A surging Marina Silva has narrowed President Dilma Rousseff’s lead in Brazil’s presidential race, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, paving the way for a likely second-round runoff in which the popular environmentalist looks well-positioned to win.

Silva, who was thrust into the presidential race last week following the death of her party’s candidate, has 29 percent of voter support heading into the Oct. 5 vote, according to the survey by polling institute Ibope.

Aug 26, 2014

Silva surges in Brazil election race, threatens Rousseff -poll

BRASILIA, Aug 26 (Reuters) – A surging Marina Silva has
narrowed President Dilma Rousseff’s lead in Brazil’s
presidential race, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, paving
the way for a likely second-round runoff in which the popular
environmentalist looks well-positioned to win.

Silva, who was thrust into the presidential race last week
following the death of her party’s candidate, has 29 percent of
voter support heading into the Oct. 5 vote, according to the
survey by polling institute Ibope.

Aug 21, 2014

Rousseff, rivals change tack in Brazil’s reshaped election

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA, Aug 21 (Reuters) – When Brazil’s
notoriously private President Dilma Rousseff showed up in her
kitchen cooking pasta in a campaign TV ad this week, it was one
of the clearest signs yet that the country’s October election is
up for grabs.

Rousseff and other candidates are shifting strategies and
showing rarely seen sides of their personalities in what
suddenly looks like a tight three-way race following this week’s
late entry of popular environmentalist Marina Silva.

Aug 20, 2014

Brazil’s Silva launches bid, threatens Rousseff re-election

BRASILIA, Aug 20 (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva
officially launched a bid for president on Wednesday, upending
Brazil’s October elections and threatening the ruling Workers’
Party’s 12-year hold on power.

Silva, until now a vice-presidential candidate for the
Brazilian Socialist Party, accepted its nomination to top the
ticket after candidate Eduardo Campos, a former governor and
rising political star, was killed in a plane crash last week.

Aug 18, 2014

Silva surges in Brazil election poll, runoff looks certain

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Marina Silva’s entry into Brazil’s presidential race will almost certainly force the October election into a second-round runoff and the environmentalist could even unseat President Dilma Rousseff, according to a poll released on Monday.

It showed Silva with the support of 21 percent of voters, almost three times more than center-left candidate Eduardo Campos, who she is poised to replace on the Brazilian Socialist Party’s ticket after his death last week in a plane crash.