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Brazilian Election Prognosis Upended as Plane Crash Kills Presidential Candidate Eduardo Campos and Boosts Marina Silva

LADB Article ID: 79416
Category/Department: Brazil
Date: 2014-09-05
By: Gregory Scruggs

An airplane carrying Partido Socialista Brasileiro (PSB) candidate Eduardo Campos crashed in Santos, São Paulo, on Aug. 13. The plane went down in bad weather although the exact cause remains undetermined. However, there is at present no suspicion of foul play. Campos was on his way to a campaign stop along with three political advisers, a photographer, and two pilots. All seven aboard were killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the PSB agreed to nominate Campos’ running mate, Marina Silva, as his replacement on the ballot. Silva previously ran for president in 2010 and came in third. She had intended to run again in 2014, but her political party was not successfully registered with the Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (TSE) in time for this year’s October general elections. Prior to his death, Campos was trailing the incumbent, President Dilma Rousseff (Partido de Trabalhadores, PT), and conservative challenger Aécio Neves (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira, PSDB).

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