Brazil launches election campaign amid Cup fever

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks during the Workers Party (PT) convention in Brasilia, on June 21, 2014Brasília (AFP) – Playing second fiddle to the injury woes of soccer star Neymar and the host country’s bid for World Cup glory, Brazil on Sunday kicked off its campaign for October 5 general elections. Opinion polls make leftist President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party (PT) favorite to win a second term, albeit in a likely run-off, leaving rivals Social Democratic candidate Aecio Neves and Socialist Eduardo Campos trailing. With the passing of Saturday’s deadline the candidates can take to the streets to press flesh and hold functions, as well as campaign online. A poll last week showed Rousseff with a 38 percent share, up four points, with the World Cup — which has generally passed off successfully — giving her an apparent boost.

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