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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.

Sep 16, 2014

Brazil election poll shows very tight presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – President Dilma Rousseff is running neck-and-neck with her main rival, Marina Silva, less than three weeks before Brazil’s presidential election that will likely go down to the wire in a runoff, a poll published on Monday showed.

The new survey was consistent with polls last week that showed Rousseff had recovered from an initial surge by environmentalist Silva and the race will go to a second-round vote that looks so close that some analysts are reluctant to pick a favorite.

Sep 12, 2014

Rousseff gaining on Silva in likely Brazil runoff race

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has narrowed the lead of her top challenger, Marina Silva, to one percentage point in a potential runoff vote expected to follow the Oct. 5 first-round election, an opinion poll by pollster Ibope showed on Friday.

In a runoff, Silva has 43 percent support to 42 percent for Rousseff, said Ibope, which polled more than 2,000 people. The gap represents a statistical tie because it is within the survey’s margin of error.

Sep 9, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff cuts opponent’s lead in presidential race

BRASILIA, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff has recovered ground and would be tied in popular
support with opposition politician Marina Silva in a runoff vote
in October, a new poll showed on Tuesday, though a festering
corruption scandal threatens to complicate Rousseff’s
re-election bid.

The poll showed that Silva, an environmentalist, would win a
likely runoff election against Rousseff with 45.5 percent of the
vote against 42.7 percent for the incumbent, a statistical tie
within the poll’s margin of error. The previous survey by
polling firm MDA had shown Silva with a six percentage point

Sep 9, 2014

Brazil’s Rousseff narrows Silva’s lead ahead of October runoff

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has narrowed environmentalist Marina Silva’s lead in a likely presidential election runoff in October, a new opinion poll showed on Tuesday, but a new political corruption scandal could hurt her re-election bid.

Silva would win the runoff with 45.5 percent of voter support against 42.7 percent for Rousseff, a gap that has halved from six percentage points in the previous survey by polling firm MDA and lies within the poll’s margin of error.

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

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.