Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Brazilian Presidential Candidate Dies in Plane Crash

A plane carrying Eduardo Campos, a candidate in the Brazilian presidential elections, has crashed (NBC)

Brazil's Ministry of Aeronautics confirmed to NBC News that the leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) was one of the seven people killed in the plane crash.

Campo was running in third place behind the current president Dilma Rouseff and behind AĆ©cio Neves. A poll released by Ipobe on August 7th showed Campos winning 9 percent of the votes in the first round of elections; President Rouseff was at 38%.

In order for a candidate to be elected in the first round, candidate must obtain more than 50 percent of the votes.

Thus the poll was clear,  Rouseff was not going to pass in the first round and would likely face Neves in the second round. Now, however, with the death of Campos, there is a possibility that Rouseff could gain the 50 percent needed to eliminate a runoff.


  1. Is it just me or do big political figures world-wide tend to skew the likelihood of dying in a plane crash upwards?