Brazilian Leader's Rivals Close Gap Ahead Of October Vote

wochit politics
May 22, 2014 AT 10:56 AM
According to a Brazilian poll published on Thursday, President Dilma Rousseff's main rivals have cut her lead ahead of the country's elections in October. However, she is still favored to win re-election if the race goes to a second round. As the campaign shifts gears and undecided voters begin to pick candidates, Rousseff's opponents have gained more traction than the president from growing media exposure, making a run-off more likely. Hurt by high inflation and a scandal involving state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, left-of-center Rousseff has managed to slow her slide in popularity, with steps such as an increase in poverty relief on May 1st.