Brazilian environmentalist upends presidential race

Brazilian politician Silva grabs the hand of the widow of Eduardo Campos in RecifeBy Anthony Boadle BRASILIA (Reuters) – Environmentalist Marina Silva will enter Brazil’s presidential race in a strong second place, backed by 21 percent of voters, and could overtake President Dilma Rousseff in a second-round runoff, a poll showed on Monday. Silva has drawn almost three times more support than the late center-left candidate Eduardo Campos who she is poised to replace in the race after his death last week in a plane crash. Silva, who won 19.3 percent in the 2010 presidential election as the Green Party candidate, is now outstripping centrist and market favorite Aecio Neves, who remained at 20 percent. Campos was killed in an Aug. 13 plane crash and his Brazilian Socialist Party plans to launch Silva as its presidential candidate on Wednesday.

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