By Matthew Cullinan Hoffman, Latin America Correspondent
BRASILIA, October 14, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Dilma Rousseff, the current frontrunner in Brazil's presidential elections, was regarded as a shoe-in by political pundits only two weeks ago. As the handpicked successor of the most popular president in the world, Luiz Lula da Silva, Rousseff's victory was all but written in stone.
However, following her surprise upset in the first round of voting on October 3, Rousseff now finds herself locked in an increasingly difficult battle against a rising tide of pro-life and pro-family sentiment in the country, which sees Rousseff and her Labor Party as the main proponent for such controversial measures as the decriminalization of abortion and homosexual "marriage." It is becoming increasingly evident that if Rousseff is not able to jettison her pro-abortion image, she may lose the presidency over the issue.
Rousseff's first round loss was widely attributed to a campaign waged over the internet by Evangelical Protestants and Catholics to urge voters to vote against Rousseff and the Labor Party because of its abortionist and homosexualist ideology. Following the campaign, which included the video of a sermon seen by four million Brazilians on YouTube, Rousseff lost the majority of votes she needed by three percentage points, garnering only 47% of the vote.