Monday, October 27, 2014

Brazil: President Dilma Rousseff Barely Wins Reelection by 2.9%

According to The Latin American Tribune, President Dilma Rousseff won reelection in the presidential runoff with 51.45% of the vote, compared with 48.55% for Social Democratic challenger Aecio Neves, and with 98% percent of the votes counted.

Roughly 142.8 million voters were eligible to cast ballots for the next president and 14 of the 27 state governors.

Polling places opened at 0800 hours and closed at 1700 hours in most of Brazil, with Acre, on the border with Bolivia and Perú, closing its election precincts three hours later due to the time difference in the massive South American country.

Rousseff, with the Workers Party, and Neves, with the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, had emerged as the top two vote getters in the October 5 first-round election and have slugged it out in one of the tightest presidential races in recent decades.

COMMENT: Although President Dilma Rousseff hardly found a formidable mandate in the election results which should convey to her that she hardly all Brazilians have spoken, considering she won reelection by only 2.9%.

Poll results released on Saturday by Datafolha and Ibope, Brazil’s two most highly respected polling firms, showed Rousseff leading Neves by between four and six percentage points, with the incumbent’s voter intent numbers falling and the opposition leader’s rising.

Rousseff had won 41.59% of the votes in the first electoral round, compared to 33.55% for Neves, and since no candidate obtained a majority Brazilian law mandated a runoff vote between the top two vote-getters.

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