Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After All the Talk, It's Time for Your Vote; VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS WITH EXPERTS PREDICTING THE CLOSEST ELECTION FOR DECADES

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

After All the Talk, It's Time for Your Vote; VOTERS GO TO THE POLLS WITH EXPERTS PREDICTING THE CLOSEST ELECTION FOR DECADES

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Byline: DAN WARBURTON

VOTERS streamed into polling stations across the North East as the closestfought general election in decades got under way.

Converted schools and village halls were flooded with people wanting to cast their opinion on who should run the country when the stations opened at 7am this morning.

They sparked a 15-hour voting marathon as those across the North East pledged their political allegiance by making their mark in the ballot box.

It follows a frantic 48 hours of campaigning from party leaders who crossed the country for rallies and constituency visits.

At the polling station in Gosforth's Garden Village, eager voters queued before the 7am start time to mark their X in the box.

Among them was Daniel Frankal, 35, an nano-science lecturer at Newcastle University, who said this year's election would be the most difficult to call for many voters.

He said: "I did not know who I would vote for until the very last minute.

"It was not until I got right up to the ballot box that I decided."

Newcastle North Labour candidate Catherine McKinnel has played out her campaign on the social networking site.

In the early hours of this morning, she left a message urging people to go and vote.

She wrote: "I hope to see an upsurge in followers those people who have decided to vote Labour make sure you get out and make that X mark."

Also voting this morning was Carl Taylor, 43, from Gosforth, Newcastle, who works at Gateshead Council.

He said: "I think it will be a hung parliament and this will force parties to work together for at least a certain amount of time.

"I personally voted for the Green Party because they are the party that most represent my views and opinions."

Jane Woods, 23, a student from Gosforth, Newcastle, said: "I have been looking forward to voting for a couple of weeks because I know it is really important. A lot of my friends didn't register in time but I went straight to the poll this morning.

"I am voting Conservative but I know it is going to be really close."

A string of eve-of-election opinion polls gave David Cameron's Conservatives a clear lead over Labour and the Liberal Democrats, but suggested the Tories will not reach the level of support they need to claim an overall majority in the House of Commons. …

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