As Brazil’s Oct. 31 presidential runoff election draws nearer, the two leading candidates are said to be courting a third one, who is effectively out of the race, for support. Dilma Rousseff, handpicked by President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and Jose Serra, former governor of the Sao Paulo state, are scrambling to gain the support of Green Party candidate Marina Silva. Silva is no longer in the running but support for her rose to an unexpected 19 percent in the first round of voting held Oct. 3, The Wall Street Journal says. Rousseff topped the votes with 47 percent while Serra garnered 33 percent.

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      Ivy Mungcal

      As former senior staff writer, Ivy Mungcal contributed to several Devex publications. Her focus is on breaking news, and in particular on global aid reform and trends in the United States, Europe, the Caribbean, and the Americas. Before joining Devex in 2009, Ivy produced specialized content for U.S. and U.K.-based business websites.

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