UPDATE 1-Rousseff holds lead in Brazil election race-poll

* Rousseff has 48 pct support versus rival Serra’s 40 pct

* Rousseff has 54.5 pct of valid votes vs Serra’s 45.4 pct
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SAO PAULO, Oct 13 (BestGrowthStock) – Brazil’s ruling party
presidential candidate, Dilma Rousseff, held an 8 percentage
point lead over the opposition’s Jose Serra before this month’s
presidential runoff election, a poll showed on Wednesday.

Rousseff, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s former
chief of staff and hand-picked successor, had 48 percent
support compared to 40 percent for Serra, according to the Vox
Populi poll published by IG Internet portal.

The results are roughly in line with a Datafolha poll, the
first to be taken after the first-round, that showed Rousseff
with a 7 percentage point lead over Serra.

Rousseff received 54.5 percent of the valid votes in the
Vox Populi poll against 45.4 percent for Serra, when null,
blank and undecided votes are stripped out, as they are on
election day.
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Serra’s campaign got a boost after Rousseff fell short of
an outright victory on Oct. 3 and will face him in a runoff on
Oct. 31.

Serra had trailed by as much as 20 points just over a month
ago.

But millions of voters abandoned the Rousseff camp with
doubts over corruption scandals involving her Workers’ Party
and over her stance on religion and abortion rights.

She had obtained 47 percent of the vote just short of the
50 percent plus-one-vote majority needed.

The Vox Populi poll surveyed 3,000 people on Oct. 10-11 and
has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.8 percentage points.

(Reporting by Hugo Bachega; Writing by Ana Nicolaci da
Costa; Editing by Raymond Colitt)

UPDATE 1-Rousseff holds lead in Brazil election race-poll