Brazil’s Silva Narrows Rousseff Lead, Would Win Runoff: Poll
A new opinion poll showed on Tuesday that president Dilma Rousseff has a narrow lead over environmentalist Marina Silva in Brazil’s presidential race but could lose the election if it goes to a second-round runoff between the two. According to the survey by polling institute Ibope, 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. The poll showed Rousseff with 34 percent, down from 38 percent in the previous Ibope survey in early August. The other main opposition candidate, Aecio Neves, had 19 percent support, down from 23 percent in the last Ibope poll.
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