Final polls on the eve of the vote gave a slight edge to incumbent Dilma Rousseff, who is in a tight race against Aecio Neves, a 54-year-old former state governor. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Brazilians were voting on Sunday (October 26) in an election that pits a leftist president with strong support among the poor against a centrist senator who is promising pro-business policies to jumpstart a stagnant economy. Final polls on the eve of the vote gave a slight edge to incumbent Dilma Rousseff, 66, who is seeking a second four-year term. Her Workers' Party has held power for 12 years and leveraged an economic boom to expand social welfare programs and lift over 40 million people from poverty. But many voters believe Aecio Neves, a 54-year-old former state governor with strong support among upper-middle class and wealthy Brazilians, offers a much-needed change of the guard for Latin America's biggest economy. A decade of growth peaked at 7.5 percent in 2010 and has flagged since Rousseff took office.