By George Solis

RANDALLSTOWN, Md. (WJZ) — Less than a week until the primary in Maryland. For the first time in years, with dozens of delegates up for grabs, Maryland will play a key role in the process.

George Solis has why this year has Maryland in the election spotlight.

With no clear presidential nominee at this point in the race, every single delegate counts to ensure a nomination come convention time. That means Maryland matters.

The battle to win the White House has moved to the Northeast, and voters are taking note.

“I don’t ever remember it being this long and heated,” one woman said.

It’s no coincidence presidential hopefuls on both sides are paying attention to states otherwise forgotten past election years–Maryland being one of them.

“It’s really a race about delegates at this point,” said political expert Dr. Amy Becker.

On Thursday, Senator Ted Cruz made a stop in the state, as did former first daughter Chelsea Clinton, who was in Maryland campaigning on behalf of her mom.

“I’m convinced that my mom is the only person running for president who can help us navigate forward together,” Clinton said.

Dr. Amy Becker is a political expert.

“The count is really what everybody is watching at this point,” said Becker.

She says, right now, it’s a numbers game, where every delegate from every state counts.

Maryland is special because it has the second-highest number of delegates up for grabs behind Pennsylvania. Maryland voters are being vigilant.

“I just don’t want to hear about who don’t like who. I want positive answers,” one woman said.

There are 38 delegates for the GOP, and 118 for the Democrats.

A win in Maryland for anyone other than front-runners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could make things all the more interesting come convention time. Until then, each candidate is making the rounds in Maryland.

Clinton and Sanders have made their stops. So have Trump, Kasich, and now, Ted Cruz.


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