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NSW Election: Berejiklian and Daley Enjoy 'Democracy-Themed' Food As NSW Decides On A Premier

The tight contest between Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Labor leader Michael Daley for the leadership of NSW is well and truely underway.

Polls opened around the state at 8am on Saturday and the citizens of New South Wales have started to cast their votes.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian hit the booths in her Lower North Shore Electorate of Willoughby early on Saturday. She's been the elected member for the seat since 2003.

Gladys Berejiklian
Berejiklian cast her vote early. Image: Twitter/ Catalina Florez

If Berejiklian is re-elected as Premier she will become the first female publically chosen for the role in NSW history.

She also didn't pass up the opportunity to enjoy a 'democracy sausage' in the marginal seat of East Hills.

Gladys Berejiklian
Gladys enjoys herself a 'democracy sausage'. Image: Twitter/ Catalina Florez

Labor leader Michael Daley also cast his vote early in his beachside, eastern Sydney electorate Maroubra.

READ MORE: 11 Things You Should Know About Michael Daley

Beforehand, Daley treated himself to a (democracy) pie and strawberry milk at a bakery in Matraville.

Michael Daley Pie
Michael Daley has breakfast before voting. . Image: AAP.

Former Premiers Mike Baird and Kristina Keneally were also out voting and campaigning on Saturday. They even ran into each other outside a polling booth, looking decidedly less stressed than what they did when they were trying to win an election.

A special Newspoll conducted by The Weekend Australian on Friday showed the Coalition with a 51-49 percent lead over Labor.

READ MORE: Why Federal Politicians Will Be Watching Today's State Election Like Hawks

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and NSW Labor leader Michael Daley IMAGE: AAP

The most recent numbers show the Premier ahead of Daley 43-35 as preferred leader. Daley's disapproval rating raised nine points from 38 to 47 percent after a horror week on the campaign trail where he couldn't recall key figures on education spending and was accused of racism.

READ MORE: NSW Election: Michael Daley Claims 'Foreigners' Are Taking Aussie Jobs

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Voting booths have opened across NSW. Image: AAP.

Both leaders campaigned hard on education and hospital funding. Daley and Berejiklian also said they would not weaken state gun laws.

The major point of difference between the pair is their stance on the demolition of Alliance Stadium. One of Daley's major campaign points was the Premier's spending money on sporting grounds rather than hospitals and schools.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au