Silva widens lead ahead of Brazil presidential election

iPresidential candidate Silva of the PSB speaks during a ceremony to launch her campaign platform in Sao PauloBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva has widened her lead over President Dilma Rousseff to 10 percentage points in what could be a likely runoff in Brazil’s October election, a survey by polling firm Datafolha showed on Friday. It was the third poll in less than a week that projected the Oct. 5 election would go to a second-round vote in which Rousseff would be unseated by Silva, who entered the race just 10 days ago following the death of her party’s candidate. Silva has surged to 34 percent support from 21 percent in a previous Datafolha poll conducted before she launched her candidacy. If the race goes to a runoff on Oct. 26 as expected, Silva would win 50 percent of the votes, while Rousseff would get 40 percent, widening her margin of victory from six to 10 percentage points, according to Datafolha.

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