GLEN BURNIE, Md. (WJZ) — The General Election is one week away and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is back in Maryland to support Republican Larry Hogan’s race for governor.

Political reporter Pat Warren has more on the national attention this race is getting.

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Maryland voters are already casting ballots here and across the state as early voting continues and there’s nothing like a little campaign celebrity to provide incentive to get to the polls.

Knee-deep in Democrats and a usual write-off for Republicans, the Maryland governor’s race is now a political battleground and this deep blue state is seeing red—specifically Republican Governor’s Association Chairman Chris Christie in Glen Burnie Monday.

“This is a neck and neck race and this is one that we can and should win,” Hogan said.

Democrat Anthony Brown addressed a poll that shows his lead narrowing at a campaign stop in Bethesda Tuesday.

“The only poll that counts is on Election Day and these are competitive races in Maryland and around the country,” Brown said. “We’re seeing a rise in enthusiasm for the vision Ken Ulman and I are articulating.”

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That enthusiasm was evident a week ago Sunday when President Barack Obama campaigned for Brown in Prince George’s County.

Chris Christie’s appearance in Anne Arundel County Tuesday gave Hogan the kind of rock star attention that campaigns thrive on.

“We believe he’s got the right plan to help make sure taxes get reduced in this state, government gets reined in, spending gets lowered and we get people putting more money in their own pockets and keeping it there and not sending it to the state capital,” Christie said.

The campaigns continue with a visit from Hillary Clinton on behalf of Lt. Governor Brown on Thursday and a return visit by Christie on Sunday.

Close to 158,000 Marylanders have already cast ballots at early voting centers around the state.

Early voting ends at 8 p.m. Thursday. The general election is a week away.

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