Marina Silva wanted to be a nun. Now she could be Brazil’s next president.

By Dom Phillips, September 6, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO — A former grass-roots environmentalist who once dreamed of becoming a nun has stormed to the forefront in Brazil’s presidential campaign, just three weeks after joining the race.

The first round of voting is still a month away. But Marina Silva’s dramatic rise in the polls as she seeks to unseat President Dilma Rousseff of the Workers Party has shaken the country’s political establishment.

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