Record-setting throngs turned out Sunday for local elections, and early results show that Hong Kong’s pro-democracy campaigners have taken a strong lead.

The polls closed at around 10:30 p.m. Sunday in Hong Kong, and the final outcome is expected within hours. Large numbers of police officers have been deployed.

The seats in question are for the district council, a lower rung of elected office focused on community issues like noise complaints and bus stop locations. But with the city in its worst political crisis in decades, the race has become a referendum on the months of protests…

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