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Several City Races Are Among The State's Most Hotly Contested

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Besides the battle for the Oval Office, there are some other big races of note Tuesday, including two seats in Congress and one for U.S. Senate.

All 213 seats in the state Legislature are up for grabs.

Political observers are focusing on the fight for the state Senate, which is currently controlled by Republicans who hold a 33 to 29 seat majority.

Several of the most competitive races are here in the city, including what is expected to be a very close race in Queens between incumbent Democrat Joseph Addabbo and GOP challenger, Councilman Eric Ulrich.

Much of the district was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, so many voters won't be voting at their usual polling places.

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is running for re-election as well. She's maintained a strong lead in the polls against Republican challenger Wendy Long.

This will also be the first congressional election based on newly drawn redistricting lines.

Following the 2010 Census, the state lost two seats in the House of Representatives.

New York is a key battleground in the Republican fight to hold on to the House. There are a number of tight races upstate.

In the city, we are focusing on two races in particular.

Congressman Michael Grimm's attempt to keep his seat representing Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn against challenger Mark Murphy.

In Queens, Democrat Grace Meng is facing off with Republican Dan Halloran for the seat vacated by Gary Ackerman.

Polls in New York close at 9 p.m.

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