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Brazil Socialists to name new candidate
Brazil's Socialists naming replacement for presidential candidate who died in plane crash
Associated Press
2014-08-20 10:42 PM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Brazil's Socialist Party is preparing to formally name environmentalist Marina Silva as its new presidential candidate, replacing Eduardo Campos, who was killed in a plane crash last week.

Silva had been Campos' vice presidential candidate. She's being replaced in that role by Beto Albuquerque, who heads the party in the House of Representatives.

Party officials are meeting Wednesday in Brasilia to formalize the change.

Campos had been polling in a distant third place behind incumbent President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party and the centrist candidate Aecio Neves. But polls have shown Silva is now running neck and neck with Neves.

Silva was environment minister under Rousseff's predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. But she broke with the Workers Party.

Elections take place on Oct. 5.

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