Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff placed first in Sunday’s election but did not get enough votes to avoid a runoff and will face pro-business rival Aecio Neves after he made a dramatic late surge into second place, partial results showed.
After Brazil’s most volatile campaign in decades, Neves’ emphasis on “safe change” and his record as a popular two-term governor convinced enough opposition voters that he was the surest bet to try to unseat Rousseff, who has presided over a long economic slump but remains popular among the poor.
With three-quarters of votes counted, Rousseff led with 40.4 percent support compared to 35.2 percent for Neves.
Marina Silva, a prominent environmentalist who had recently led opinion polls but saw her support collapse late in the campaign, was in third place with just 21 percent of votes.
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