“A PASSING wave.” That is how Aécio Neves, the presidential candidate of the centre-right Party of Brazilian Social Democracy (PSDB), earlier this week dismissed the rising popularity of Marina Silva. Ms Silva was propelled to the top of the centrist Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) ticket in the wake of the tragic death in a plane crash two weeks ago of its leader and candidate, Eduardo Campos. “Groundswell” would have been a more appropriate description. Nor does it look like dissipating any time soon.
Support for Ms Silva, a former environment minister and green activist, has surged from 21% in the days immediately following the accident to 34%, according to a poll published on August 29th by Datafolha. With five weeks left before the election this pushes Mr Neves into distant third and puts Ms Silva neck and neck with President Dilma Rousseff, who had until now enjoyed ... Read More