Brazil Presidential Election Heads to a Second Round

Oct. 10, 2014, 11:51 a.m.

The elections for president and both houses of the National Congress (Congresso Nacional) in Brazil were held on Sunday 6 October 2014. Located in South America, Brazil has a population of 202,656,788 with 142,822,046 registered voters.[i] Official results for the presidential contest have President Dilma ROUSSEFF of the leftist Worker’s Party (PT) winning 41.59 percent of the vote, while Aecio NEVES of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party (PSDB) won 35.55 percent. Marina SILVA, of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), garnered 21.31 percent of the vote.[ii] Brazilian electoral law stipulates that a runoff election is required if no candidate reaches a majority of the votes in the first round. Ms. ROUSSEFF and Mr. NEVES received the most votes and will face each other in the second round on Sunday 26 October 2014. Ms. Silva, who had led in the polls since she entered the race after a horrific plane crash killed the original PSB candidate, Eduardo CAMPOS, faded in the polls leading up to the election. She is now being actively courted for an endorsement by Mr. NEVES.[iii] Turnout for the election was approximately 73 percent.[iv] The preliminary and final results for the legislative elections are pending.

[i] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2326/

[ii] http://divulga.tse.jus.br/oficial/index.html

[iii] http://online.wsj.com/articles/candidate-in-brazil-silva-weighs-backing-rival-neves-to-defeat-president-1412707868

[iv] http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/2326/

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