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Election Day is finally here!

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After nearly two years of campaigning, the day is finally here.

Americans will cast their ballots in the general election, and in Michigan the polls opened at 7 a.m.

The race that everyone is keeping an eye on is the race for the White House between Pres. Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney.

A new gallup poll out once again shows the race is neck and neck, with Romney holding just a one-point lead.

Obama is spending Election Day in his hometown of Chicago. The president made his final pitch to voters Monday night, holding rallies in Ohio, Wisconsin and Iowa.

Romney is also working until the very last minute in hopes of getting votes.  He is casting his ballot in Boston before making stops in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

Here's what you need to know before heading out to vote. The polls opened at 7 a.m., and they will remain open until 8 p.m. Michigan does require voters to have some form of acceptable ID. If you don't have identification, you'll be required to sign an affidavit, but your vote will still be counted.

There is some consolation if your candidate doesn't win. JetBlue is offering an election day deal, but there's a catch.  If the candidate you voted for loses, you'll be in a drawing for a chance to win a trip abroad.  They're giving away more than 1,000 round trip travel certificates to any of JetBlue's Caribbean or Mexico destinations.

Be sure to count on WNEM TV5 for complete election results as they come into the continuous news center.

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