Rousseff to face run-off in Brazil presidential vote

Oct 06, 2014, 12:54 AM EDT
Brazilian President and presidential candidate for the Workers Party, Dilma Rousseff waves as she delivers a speech in Brasilia on October 5, 2014, after general elections.
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Brazilian incumbent Dilma Rousseff has won most votes in the country's presidential election, but has fallen short of outright victory. The BBC writes:

She received about 42% of the vote and faces a run-off against centre-right rival Aecio Neves, who got 34%. Analysts now predict a potentially tight second round on 26 October.

Ms Rousseff said people had expressed their rejection of "the ghosts of the past, recession and unemployment", and vowed to continue to work for change. The Socialist Party candidate, prominent environmentalist Marina Silva, finished third with 21%, and is out of the race.

As surprising as Neves' rise was the fall from grace of former environment minister Marina Silva. NBCNews writes:

In late August, she held a double-digit lead over Rousseff in polls just two weeks after being thrust into the race when her Socialist Party's first candidate died in a plane crash.

But over the past three weeks the powerful political machine of Rousseff's Workers' Party eviscerated Silva with what some analysts called the most negative and aggressive campaigning Brazil has seen since returning to democracy nearly 30 years ago.