Brazil election heading to run-off
Mon, 04 Oct 2010 02:10:38 GMT
With 90 percent of the votes counted, Brazil's presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff seems to have to go into a second round run-off, she would have needed more than 50%.
With 90 percent of the votes counted, it seems that Brazil's presidential election will go to a second round run-off as Workers' Party candidate Dilma Rousseff has not received the 50 percent needed to win outright in the first round.
Rousseff, who was the favorite, currently has about 46 percent of the vote.
There was "no way" she would take the first round, Reuters quoted one "well-placed" source within the Rousseff camp as saying.
Jose Serra of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party has just over 33 percent of the vote, while Green party candidate Marina Silva has 20 percent.
The outcome is a bit of a surprise, since some political analysts had predicted that Rousseff, who is the handpicked successor of extremely popular current Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, would win in the first round.