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Atlantic Canadians cast their votes Monday as polling stations start to open

WATCH: After 40 days of campaigning, election day is upon us. Alexa MacLean brings us a sense of how voters feel now that the campaign trail has settled.

Four years after Atlantic Canadians gave Justin Trudeau a sweeping electoral endorsement, his Liberals are bracing for losses that could have a significant impact on the final outcome of today’s federal election.

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Global News at 6 anchor talks Decision Canada
Global News at 6 anchor talks Decision Canada

In 2015, the Liberals won all 32 of the region’s seats, which means they have nowhere to go but down once the ballots are all counted.

Even though the region’s Liberals have maintained a lead in the polls since June, Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives are counting on scoring victories in traditionally Tory ridings in northern Nova Scotia and southern New Brunswick.

However, the recent surge in voter support for Jagmeet Singh’s NDP is expected to make for some tight races in the Halifax area and northern New Brunswick.

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Federal Election: Nova Scotia ridings to watch
Federal Election: Nova Scotia ridings to watch

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the NDP is counting on gains in the St. John’s area, and the Conservatives are hoping the riding of Egmont in western P-E-I will once again turn Tory blue.

However, the Liberals are widely expected to hold on to virtually all of the seats in the two least-populated provinces.

Interesting race shaping up in Cumberland-Colchester
Interesting race shaping up in Cumberland-Colchester

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The Green party, led by Elizabeth May, was not expected to score any breakthroughs in the region, despite growing support at the provincial level in P.E.I. and New Brunswick.

The polls close at 8:30 local time across Atlantic Canada.

Nova Scotia’s only cabinet minister fighting to keep seat
Nova Scotia’s only cabinet minister fighting to keep seat