Brazil honors candidate killed in plane crash
Thousands in Brazil say goodbye to presidential candidate killed in plane crash
Associated Press
2014-08-18 03:01 AM

SAO PAULO (AP) -- Thousands in Brazil have gathered to say goodbye to a presidential candidate who was killed in a plane crash less than two months before elections.

People lined up to approach the casket at the governor's place in the northeastern city of Recife, hometown of the late Eduardo Campos. Some at the Sunday funeral sobbed and held flags of the Brazilian Socialist Party.

President Dilma Rousseff arrived to pay her respect to Campos. His running mate Marina Silva, who has been chosen to replace him in the campaign, joined the family throughout the vigil.

Campos was a distant third in the polls, behind Rousseff and opposition candidate Aecio Neves, who also traveled to the funeral. But analysts say the popularity of Silva could make her a greater threat to Rousseff's reelection.

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