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Voters decide today

Published:Sunday | October 26, 2014 | 12:00 AM

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP):

Brazilian voters electing a new president this weekend are being asked to decide what scares them least: the incumbent's warnings about the "ghosts of the past", or her challenger's charges about the "monsters of the present".

The latest polls give left-leaning incumbent Dilma Rousseff a slight edge in today's runoff vote to lead the world's fifth-largest nation. But few people are counting out centre-right challenger Aecio Neves after a topsy-turvy campaign that has been the most competitive, divisive and dramatic since Brazil's return to democracy in 1985.

"The country is divided in two, with half feeling that social inclusion and protections are what matter most, and the other half believing that macroeconomic stability is more important," said Carlos Pereira, a political analyst at the Gertulio Vargas Foundation, Brazil's leading think tank. "The candidate who convinces voters he or she is best prepared to combine these two beliefs and make them complementary will win today's election."