, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB, waves during a press conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB, center, celebrates with supporters after a press conference in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.
, presidential candidate of the Brazilian Social Democracy Party, PSDB, smiles as he
arrives for a press conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Monday, Oct. 6, 2014.
The race kept up its unpredictable nature as Neves, a center-right former governor and senator with deep political lineage, came in second. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)
Aecio Neves, a former Brazilian governor, defied expectations in Sunday's first-round vote, finishing second with 34 percent of ballots compared to incumbent Dilma Rousseff's 42 percent.
surprisingly strong showing in the first round of Brazil's presidential election has turned the nation's politics on its head and put him within striking distance of incumbent Dilma Rousseff, but the former governor still faces a heavy task if he
is to unseat her
The business-minded Neves
came within 8 percentage points of Rousseff in Sunday's vote and has momentum and a strong central-right party on his side.
The challenge for Neves, who was born into affluence and political power, will be to connect with Brazil's poor, millions of whom have directly benefited from Rousseff's policies.
defied expectations in Sunday's first-round vote, finishing second with 34 percent to Rousseff's 42 percent.
Voters now have a clear choice: Re-elect the left-leaning Rousseff and endorse her
protectionist trade stance or move to the right with Neves
, who has promised to cut government spending, open infrastructure to the private sector and pursue direct trade deals with Europe and the United States.
hasn't been under much scrutiny in the past month given Marina's surge.
struck back Monday, saying Brazilians are, on the contrary, care more about the stagnant economy and corruption cases that now dog the ruling party.
"In reality, Brazilians are very worried about the monsters of the present of high inflation, recession and corruption," he
said at a press conference.
"I am very confident that we have the conditions to increase our lead for all of Brazil
to win," Neves
A poll published Saturday before the vote found 71 percent of Silva's supporters would vote for Neves
faced Rousseff in the runoff.
The poll by the Datafolha firm questioned 18,116 voters between Oct. 3 and 4 and had a margin of error of 2 percentage points.
Moura and other analysts, however, doubted Neves
would do as well among Socialist Party supporters who are significantly to the left of him.
Neves also has the advantage of family legacy: His grandfather Tancredo Neves, was a cherished politician who was chosen to become Brazil's first post-dictatorship president in 1985 but fell ill and died before taking office.