FROM THE SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 ISSUE
Who will win Brazil's elections on Sunday?
With less than a week to go before the first round of Brazil's presidential election on Sunday, the contest to decide who will lead the South American country remains in a dead heat. The latest polls show only a few percentage points difference in support between incumbent Dilma Rousseff and challenger Marina Silva. What must each candidate do to swing the vote in her direction? Which issues are resonating most with voters?
Riordan Roett, director of the Latin American Studies program at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies: "The Brazilian presidential race is President Dilma Rousseff's to lose, and she appears to be very close to that outcome as the campaign comes to an end. In July, Dilma appeared to be a 'done deal.' Her opponents, including Aécio Neves of the Social Democratic Party, could not gain traction. Governor Eduardo Campos of Pernambuco was an attractive new face in national politics, but unknown nationally. His sudden death in a plane crash changed the dynamic of the election..." MORE
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