Trouble for Rousseff

Via the BBC:  Brazil election: Silva backs Neves in blow for Dilma

The Brazilian environmentalist Marina Silva, who came third in Sunday’s presidential election, has backed opposition centrist candidate Aecio Neves in the second round.

Mr Neves won 33.5% of the votes in the first round to 41.5% for President Dilma Rousseff, who is running for a second four-year term.

Ms Silva failed to qualify for the 26 October run-off, with 21%.

This is a timely example (at least in terms of recent discussion in my Latin American Politics course) of the political dynamics of two-round presidential systems.  Here we see the third place finisher using her status to influence the policy positions of the second place candidate for the purpose of building a potentially successful electoral coalition going into the second round:

On Saturday, [Neves] announced in an open letter to the nation that he would incorporate into his manifesto issues such as land reform, the demarcation of indigenous lands and environmental concerns.

Those are issues Ms Silva has campaigned for during all her political life.


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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Andre Kenji says:

    Polls in Brazil are very unreliable, so, it´s very difficult to see anything here.