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Rio State Elections Heat Up

By Pedro Widmar, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - With recent developments putting the Marvelous City center-stage during the next decade, both in Brazil and the world, the state government elections have taken on a higher profile. Currently, it seems Brazil’s tourist capital runoffs will be shaped as much by national party politics, as by regional polling.

As the state and federal elections take shape leading up to October 2010, local alliances with federal candidates have begun to form, and with regional candidates striving to affiliate their names to strong party blocks, the usual disputes have been set in . . .

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