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Brazil's president widens lead in pre-runoff poll

Brazil's president widens lead in pre-runoff poll

President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has widened his lead over his rival a little over a week before Brazil's Oct. 29 presidential runoff, a respected polling institute said Friday.
The IBOPE poll indicated that Silva would get 62 percent of the valid votes, compared with 38 percent for former Sao Paulo state Gov. Geraldo Alckmin of the centrist Social Democracy Party.
Silva's showing was up from the last IBOPE poll on Oct. 12, which showed him beating Alckmin by 57 percent to 43 percent.
The latest poll surveyed 3,010 voters in 198 cities and towns on Thursday and Friday and had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
Silva, Brazil's first elected leftist president who is seeking a second term, led all candidates in the Oct. 1 election but won just 48.6 percent of the votes, less than the majority needed for an outright victory. Alckmin got 43.6 percent to qualify for the runoff.
Silva, who took office in 2003, has come under fire for allegations of corruption by his Workers' Party, although he has never personally been linked to any wrongdoing. But he fired his campaign manager and other top party officials with ties to the scandal.


Updated : 2021-10-26 05:13 GMT+08:00