Overlooked opponent faces uphill battle in Brazil

October 7, 2014 1:32 AM

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Aecio Neves' surprisingly strong showing in the first round of Brazil's presidential election has turned the nation's politics on its head and put him within striking distance of incumbent Dilma Rousseff, but the former governor still faces a heavy task if he is to unseat her.

The business-minded Neves came within 8 percentage points of Rousseff in Sunday's vote and has momentum and a strong central-right party on his side. The challenge for Neves, who was born into affluence and political power, will be to connect with Brazil's poor, millions of whom have directly benefi...

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