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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.

Aug 18, 2014

Brazilian environmentalist upends presidential election race

BRASILIA, Aug 15 (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva
could defeat President Dilma Rousseff if Brazil’s October
election goes to a second-round run-off, according to a new poll
that saw the challenger entering the race in second place.

Silva, now with support of 21 percent of voters, has drawn
almost three times more backing than the late center-left
candidate Eduardo Campos who she is poised to replace in the
race after his death last week in a plane crash.

Aug 18, 2014

Brazilian environmentalist upends presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva will enter Brazil’s presidential race in a strong second place, backed by 21 percent of voters, and could overtake President Dilma Rousseff in a second-round runoff, a poll showed on Monday.

Silva has drawn almost three times more support than the late center-left candidate Eduardo Campos who she is poised to replace in the race after his death last week in a plane crash.

Aug 14, 2014

Brazilian politician still in shock, party stunned by candidate’s death

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva is still in shock from the death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos and has not begun to consider whether she will run in his place, a close friend said on Thursday.

That closely watched decision could upend the Oct. 5 presidential race and threaten President Dilma Rousseff’s re-election bid, given Silva’s appeal to disaffected voters tired of the country’s traditional parties.

Aug 13, 2014

Brazil candidate’s death makes runoff more likely, pressures Rousseff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – The death of presidential candidate Eduardo Campos makes it even more likely Brazil’s October election goes to a second round and could put President Dilma Rousseff under more pressure as she seeks a second term.

Campos died in a plane crash on Wednesday and his running mate Marina Silva is expected to pick up the baton and run for president herself. She is a popular figure who won 19.3 percent of the vote when she ran in 2010.