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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff Wins Re-Election to 2nd Term

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With 98 percent of the votes counted, current Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won reelection in the presidential runoff held Sunday, garnering 51.4 percent of the votes, compared with the 48.55 percent for Social Democratic challenger Aecio Neves, according to the Superior Electoral Tribunal.

Some 142.8 million voters were eligible to cast ballots for the next president and for 14 of the 27 state governors.

Polling places opened at 8 a.m. and closed at 5 p.m. in most of the country with Acre, on the border with Bolivia and Peru, closing its election precincts three hours later due to the distance and time difference in the huge South American country.

Rousseff, with the Workers Party, and Neves, with the Brazilian Social Democratic Party, had emerged as the top two vote-getters in the October 5 first-round election and have slugged it out in one of the tightest Brazilian presidential races of the past few decades.

Poll results released on Saturday by Datafolha and Ibope, Brazil’s two most highly respected polling firms, showed Rousseff leading Neves by between four and six percentage points, with the incumbent’s voter intent numbers falling and the opposition leader’s rising.

Rousseff had won 41.59 percent of the votes in the electoral round, compared to 33.55 percent for Neves. Since no candidate obtained a majority, Brazilian law mandated a runoff between the top two vote-getters.

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