Rousseff goes for jugular as Brazil poll race heats up

Marina Silva (C), presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, walks at the Rocinha favela during her political campaign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 30, 2014Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s presidential race is rapidly shifting gears with a surge in support for environmentalist Marina Silva sending a threatened Dilma Rousseff, the incumbent, into attack mode. With a month to go until the election, the ground has abruptly shifted under Rousseff — who had been the overwhelming favorite to win — since the August 13 death of Socialist Party candidate Eduardo Campos in a plane crash. Campos’ death catapulted his running mate, Silva, into the race and suddenly Rousseff is faced with a fresh contender. Opinion polls show Silva would defeat Rousseff in a run-off by 10 points.

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