BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Election countdown begins. In less than 14 hours, polls will open as voters cast their ballot for Maryland’s next governor.

Marcus Washington spoke with voters Monday before they head to the polls.

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Throughout the state, voters say they think the race is close and both candidates are taking nothing for granted.

After months of shaking hands and greeting many voters, the hard work of gubernatorial candidates, Lt. Governor Anthony Brown and Larry Hogan, is coming to an end.

“If you don’t make your voice heard, you’re never going to be heard,” said UMBC sophomore Diamond Wynn.

When it comes to voting, you get different responses from UMBC students.

“I’m going back to Carroll County to vote,” said Brian Joseph, a UMBC student.

“I don’t see a reason for me to vote yet,” said George Ly, a UMBC student.

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“But as younger voters, we have to come out because we are such an under-represented portion of the population,” said Joseph.

It’s been a long campaign trail for both candidates, with many people feeling the race is tight.

“Can I say who I vote for? Does it matter? I’m normally a Democrat and I vote Democrat and I’m just surprised [the race is] so tight. I’m a little concerned,” said Victor Frenkel.

UMBC’s Department of Public Policy Chair Donald Norris says recent polls on the governor’s race show Lt. Governor Anthony Brown leading but in a tight race, both candidates know every vote counts.

“Both candidates need a great turnout in order to win,” Norris said.

Stay with WJZ for complete coverage on Election Day.

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