Rousseff gains in election race

PRESIDENT Dilma Rousseff has regained the edge in Brazil’s presidential race after weeks of aggressive campaigning against environmentalist Marina Silva, who has lost ground among voters in the campaign’s homestretch, polls showed yesterday.

A survey by the closely watched Ibope polling firm showed Ms Rousseff and Ms Silva were tied at 41 per cent in a likely second-round runoff that was expected to decide the election.

According to another smaller poll by Vox Populi, Ms Rousseff has overtaken Ms Silva and opened a seven-point lead in an expected second-round of voting.

“This week will be critical to see if Ms Rousseff still has momentum to flip the lead in more than one poll,” said Joao Augusto Castro Neves of the Eurasia political risk consultancy, which views Ms Rousseff as the favourite to win.