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Australia votes with Abbott set for landslide win

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Millions of Australians voted in national elections Saturday with conservative challenger Tony Abbott heading for a thumping victory over Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. 

Tony Abbott (2nd R) votes with his wife Margie (2nd L) and daughters Louise (L), Frances (C) and Bridget (R) in Sydney on September 7, 2013. Polls show Abbott is heading for a landslide victory against Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's ruling Labor Party.

Polling booths opened at 8:00 am (2200 GMT Friday) on a warm spring day with 14.7 million electors taking part in a mandatory ballot across the huge country where last-minute opinion polls showed Abbott on track for a landslide win.

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