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Brazil elections: Rousseff takes the lead in latest polls

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Brazil elections: Rousseff takes the lead in latest polls


Brazil’s incumbent president Dilma Rousseff has gained a significant lead over her run-off rival in the latest polls released ahead of the vote on Sunday.

The survey gives Rousseff 54% to her centrist opponent Aecio Neve’s, whose share of votes shrank to 43%.

It is the first time Rouseff has taken the lead opening up what had been a tight race.

“Rousseff has opened a wide lead over Neves…and virtually consolidated her position as President of the Republic. The difference between the candidates, in the 2 polls is 6 points in one and 8 point in the other, which is three times the margin of error,” said analyst Paulo Baía.

Analysts point to a mild economic rebound and a scathing deconstruction of the opposition, as the reasons behind Rousseff’s boost in the polls.

However, the credibility of such surveys has been called into question after many failed to forecast Neves’ win in the first round, meaning it could all change by the time of Sunday’s vote.

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