With the end result having been projected from early counts, the election in Brazil is now official and incumbent president Dilma Rousseff has been re-elected. With 51.45 percent of the vote, Rousseff beat out challenger Aecio Neves in a close race. Neves ended up with 48.55 percent of ballots cast. This battle was expected to be close, with Neves representing a philosophical difference in fiscal policy favored by more affluent voters who found Rousseff’s welfare policies were too extreme. She was able to rally her support prior to the election among the poorer parts of the populace who have been very vocal in support of her more liberal policies.
By Jim Malone