Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is set to face Social Democrat Aecio Neves in a run-off election, leaving popular environmentalist Marina Silva out of the race, according to partial results and an exit poll Sunday.
Rio de Janeiro (AFP) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is set to face Social Democrat Aecio Neves in a run-off election, leaving popular environmentalist Marina Silva out of the race, according to partial results and an exit poll Sunday.
With 88 percent of the ballots counted, Rousseff had 40.7 percent of the vote and Neves 34.7 percent, said the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE).
That left Silva, a one-time maid whose meteoric rise looked set to make her multi-racial Brazil’s first black president just one month ago, on track to be eliminated from the race with 21 percent.
Neves, the scion of a political dynasty and business-world favorite, meanwhile survived a turbulent campaign that nearly relegated him to the dustbin of also-rans to reach a likely October 26 run-off against the incumbent, whose management of the world’s seventh-largest economy he has sharply criticized.
The partial official results were backed up by an exit poll by survey firm Ibope, which gave the incumbent 44 percent, Neves 30 and Silva 22.
The race for the second spot in the run-off went down to the wire, with Neves, a popular ex-governor and handsome husband of a former model, battling back from third place to keep his presidential hopes alive.
Silva meanwhile suffered a spectacular setback from her whirlwind late entry into the race.
Silva, a one-time maid who vowed to be Brazil’s first “poor, black president,” upended the race when she replaced the Socialist Party’s original candidate, Eduardo Campos, after he was killed in a plane crash on August 13.
Soaring in the polls, she was initially forecast to beat Rousseff in a runoff.
But Rousseff and Neves steadily reversed her lead, with the latter pulling ahead of her for the first time in the final three polls, released Saturday.
The same polls found Rousseff would defeat Neves in a run-off by more than five percentage points.