Dilma Rousseff is still favourite to become the next president of Brazil, after the last TV debate before the election. A new poll shows she has just enough support to win in the first round, when voting takes place on Sunday.
Rousseff is more than 20 points ahead of her nearest rival, Jose Serra of the opposition PSDB party. In fact, none of the other candidates were able to make a significant dent in her lead after what is being described as an ‘uneventful’ debate. The other main contenders are the Green Party’s Marina Silva, and Plinio de Arruda Sampaio from a small socialist party.
Rousseff is President Lula’s former chief of staff, and is benefitting from his popularity. He cannot stand for a third term in office.
Her results will probably be boosted by the Supreme Court’s decision to relax restrictions, allowing poor people to vote more easily. Now they only need to show a photo ID, instead of having both the ID and a registration card.