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Cup humiliation 'will not hit vote'

Brazil's crushing defeat in the World Cup will not impact on the elections in October, president Dilma Rousseff said this weekend as she prepares to hit the campaign trail for a second term.

Despite criticism of her government's preparations for hosting the football tournament, Rousseff's poll numbers crept higher recently in the excitement of the month-long tournament. But Brazil's 7-1 trouncing by Germany in Tuesday's semi-finals changed the nation's mood ahead of what is shaping up to be the toughest race since she won power in 2002.

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