Brazil's ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff won 46.9 percent of votes in Sunday's presidential election, falling short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a second round. She will face Jose Serra in the Oct. 31 runoff.
She had needed 50 percent to avoid a runoff on Oct. 31 so she will now go up against her nearest rival, former Sao Paulo state governor Jose Serra, who won 32.6 percent of the votes.
“We are warriors, and we’re accustomed to challenges,” she said in a speech in Brasilia, flanked by her running mate and her party’s top brass. “We do well in second rounds.”
Brazil is overwhelmingly Catholic, but evangelicals are growing in number and pre-election polls showed them abandoning Rousseff in significant numbers as the vote grew closer.
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“This is an electoral climate that favors the incumbent party,” political analyst Luiz Piva said. “Brazilians are generally very happy with their government.”
Date created : 2010-10-04