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Thursday October 6, 2011
Ontarians are heading to the ballot boxes Thursday to decide who'll be moving into Queen's Park to form the province's 40th legislative assembly.

Surveys suggest the province is indeed headed into minority territory, with either the Liberals or Progressive Conservatives in power. Analysts say that leaves Andrea Horwath's New Democrats in a crucial position: election kingmaker.

But Liberal Leader Dalton McGuinty, who is aiming at a rare "three-peat" majority, insists there's still plenty of time for an eleventh-hour surprise.

"There's a lot of game time left, so to speak, before the buzzer sounds," he told reporters at a campaign stop in Windsor on Wednesday.

McGuinty urged his fellow Liberal candidates to continue trying to rally support for as long as possible.

"Keep knocking on those doors, keep making those calls, keep engaging people and helping them understand," he said.

Recent figures from Elections Ontario suggest thousands of voters have already decided who to vote for.

The agency said Monday that 624,958 voters from across the province cast ballots at advance polls, which were open between Sept. 21 and 30.

Those numbers show early voter turnout is up from the 451,949 electors who chose to cast early ballots four years ago. Continued...

Provincial Election Day 2011
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