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Polls open in Lebanon

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  • Polls open at 7 a.m. local time (1200 GMT)
  • Turnout is expected to be high among the country's 3 million registered voters
  • Analysts say the race will be tight
  • Analysts say the Hezbollah-dominated alliance may win parliamentary majority
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BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Lebanese voters began casting ballots Sunday in an election pitting a coalition supported by the United States against an alliance backed by the militant group, Hezbollah.

The polls opened at 7 a.m. local time (1200 GMT) and will close in 12 hours.

Turnout is expected to be high among the country's 3 million registered voters. Analysts say the race will be tight, with the Hezbollah-dominated "March 8 alliance" possibly winning a majority of seats in parliament.

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