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BALTIMORE (WJZ) –Maryland’s presidential primary is nine days away, but hundreds of people have already cast their ballot thanks to early voting.

Andrea Fujii reports.

It’s the first time Maryland has offered early voting for a presidential primary, and so far voters say it’s a success.

“Some people can’t get off of work to vote.  Saturday and Sunday, if you’re off, you can vote,” said Inez Chambers, early voter.

Maryland’s 37 Republican delegates are up for grabs.  While Mitt Romney is leading in the delegate count, he visited Arbutus last week hoping to guarantee a win here.

But Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are also hoping to garner attention with visits to Maryland scheduled for Tuesday.

And with early voting — which started on Saturday — Marylanders have more time to have their say.

“It does give people the opportunity, more of a choice, to come out for six additional days, plus you have the absentee process and you have Election Day,” said Armistead Jones, Election Director.

Early voting continues this Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Since this race is far from over, eager voters hope Marylanders will make a difference.

“Many of our elections have proven to have low counts of people coming out. I hope this will help,” said Stephen Ward, early voter.

To find an early voting center near you, click here.

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