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Toronto election: Voters at the polls as candidates make final push

Toronto voters are at the polls in what is sure to be one of the most closely watched Toronto municipal elections in decades.

After a months-long campaign, voters will pick a new mayor today

Toronto voters head to the polls

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After a long campaign, Toronto voters head to the polls on Monday 2:58

Toronto voters are at the polls in what is sure to be one of the most closely watched Toronto municipal elections in decades.

The three main candidates for mayor in Toronto — OIivia Chow, Doug Ford and John Tory — were out early on Monday in an effort to ensure their supporters get to the polls before they close at 8 p.m., marking the end of a gruelling, nine-month campaign. 

Olivia Chow was in Scarborough shaking hands with voters. She told CBC News she's proud of the campaign she has run and excited to see the results. 

"It's not a sense of relief, it's a real sense of excitement that we are here today," Chow said. "By the end of the day we are going to have a new mayor."

Later in the day she voted in the downtown ward where she lives. Her post-election party is scheduled for Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park.

Ford spent the day canvassing in Etobicoke and at Toronto Community Housing buildings in Scarborough. He spoke about the momentum of his brief, six-week campaign. 

"I've been feeling it ... the momentum — it's like a snowball, getting bigger," Ford said. 

Ford will be at his post-election party later tonight at the Woodbine Banquet Hall.

 Meanwhile, his brother, Mayor Rob Ford, was driving voters to the polls in Ward 2, where he's running for his old council seat. The mayor says he will go back into hospital on Wednesday, so doctors can reassess his condition and figure out what's next for his cancer treatment.   

Tory voted in advance polls but accompanied his wife Barbara Hackett to a polling booth just after 10:15 a.m. 

"I'm very serene and accepting of the outcome," said Tory who, like Chow, encouraged eligible voters to get out and cast their ballots. His post-election party will be at the Liberty Grand.

In addition to the mayor's race, voters will select councillors in 44 city wards along with school board trustees.

CBC News will have complete coverage all day long and results after 8 p.m. across all formats: online, television and radio.

You can follow the latest developments today in our live blog below.

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