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Party leaders cast their ballots in Ontario election

The province’s party leaders joined voters across Ontario as they headed to the polls on Thursday for the 2011 provincial election.

Liberal leader Dalton McGuinty and NDP leader Andrea Horvath both cast their ballots in their home ridings, while Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak had voted in advance and spent Thursday at a Tim Hortons in Niagara Falls.

“It’s extremely important for Ontarians to take every advantage of this exercise in democracy,” McGuinty said in Ottawa-South, noting that many people across the world had given up their lives for the right to vote.

The polls have predicted wildly different outcomes, from a minority government to a third consecutive Liberal majority.

“It’s a horse race out there,” Hudak agreed.

In Hamilton-Centre, Horvath took her teenage son to the polls.

“It was hard to sleep last night, because of  the excitement,” she said.

At dissolution, the Liberals held 70 seats, the Progressive Conservatives had  25, and the New Democrats 10. Two seats were vacant.

Avery Haines has more in the video.