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Today, citizens across the country will be heading to the polls. In our area, there are some significant races to watch. Reporting live from a polling site in Brooklyn, we have John Diaz from CBC. Good morning, John.

Good morning, Chris. Good morning, Mary. So far, approximately 86,000 New Yorkers have already participated in early voting across all five boroughs. In about half an hour, at 6:00 this morning, polling places will officially open, and even more New Yorkers will have the opportunity to make their voices heard.

One of the key races we have been closely following is the 43rd City Council District race, which represents the growing Asian population in Brooklyn. The Democratic candidate, Suzanne Swang, won a landslide victory in the primary and is going up against Republican candidate Ying Tan.

Veto LaBella, the only non-Asian candidate running on the conservative ticket, is also part of this race. In another intense race, this time in Queen’s District 19, Republican city council member Vicky Paladino is competing against Democrat Tony Avela.

Last time, Avela lost to Paladino by a margin of about 300 votes. Despite their party affiliations, both candidates share concerns about crime and believe there should be a new police precinct in the district.

They also both oppose the closure of Rikers Island. In previous elections, voters in these districts have shown a tendency to not remain loyal to their parties, especially in the mayoral and gubernatorial races.

Therefore, it will be interesting to see the outcomes of these races. Reporting live from Brooklyn, this is John Diaz for CBS 2 News. Thank you, John..

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