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Poll: Brazil's Silva leads challenger in presidential race

Poll: Brazil's Silva leads challenger in presidential race

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has a slight lead over his challenger ahead of Brazil's Oct. 29 presidential runoff vote, a survey released Friday showed.
It was the first poll released following the Oct. 1 presidential election, in which Silva failed to win an outright majority, forcing a second round of voting against the second-place candidate, former Sao Paulo Gov. Geraldo Alckmin.
Friday's poll by the Datafolha institute shows Silva receiving 54 percent of the valid votes, while Alckmin would receive 46 percent.
The poll, conducted for Globo TV, interviewed about 5,800 people in more than 360 towns and cities nationwide on Thursday and Friday. It had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
Earlier Friday, the president of Silva's governing Workers Party stepped down amid a campaign scandal involving one of his subordinates.
Ricardo Berzoini asked to step down from the post for an undetermined period. The move would allow him to return as party president if agreed to by the party's national committee.
In the first round of voting, Silva received 48.6 percent support, while Alckmin got 41.6 percent. Candidates must get 50 percent plus one valid vote to win in the first round.


Updated : 2021-06-12 22:20 GMT+08:00