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Two ridings in play in Cumberland County

Tight races are expected in both Cumberland North and Cumberland South.

Today is election day in Nova Scotia.

AMHERST – A month’s worth of hard campaigning will come down to today when voters in Cumberland County, like others in Nova Scotia, will cast ballots on who they want to be their next MLAs.

In Cumberland County, roughly 25,000 people are eligible to cast ballots in two ridings that were changed last year during redistribution that saw a portion of Cumberland North near Amherst moved into Cumberland South.

Both ridings are expected to see close races this time.

Brian Skabar hopes to retain Cumberland North for the New Democrats. Skabar became the first ever NDP MLA after the 2009 election, taking 40 per cent of the vote to claim the seat.

Terry Farrell wants to become the first Liberal to take the seat since Ross Bragg won in 1993 over Ernie Fage, while Judi Giroux wants to reclaim the seat for the Progressive Conservatives.

In 2009, the Conservative vote was split between Independent Fage, the longtime MLA and cabinet minister in the John Hamm and Rodney MacDonald governments, and Tory candidate Keith Hunter.

Jason Blanch of the Green Party entered the race two weeks into the campaign.

Over in Cumberland South, there’s a rematch of the 2010 byelection, when Tory leader Jamie Baillie defeated Kenny John Jackson of the Liberals after Conservative MLA Murray Scott retired from politics to open a seat for Baillie.

Since then, Jackson has been actively campaigning in preparation for this election.

The Conservatives have held the seat since 1998, but before that Liberal Guy Brown held that riding (and the former Cumberland Centre) riding for more than 25 years.

Larry Duchesne, who was leader of the NDP on P.E.I., is running for the New Democrats, while Bruce McCulloch is carrying the Green Party banner.

The polls open at 8 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Tonight, cumberlandnewsnow.com will be holding an online discussion as the results come in using the Cover It Live program on our website.

Come to the website tonight to join in the discussion with managing editor Darrell Cole.

Organizations: Progressive Conservatives, Green Party, Cumberland Centre NDP

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Cumberland North Cumberland South

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