By Rick Ritter

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — What has been an intense race for months for the Democratic party continues to hold true, winding down in dramatic fashion.

The Baltimore County Executive Democratic race that was too close to call Tuesday night now comes down to absentee and provisional ballots.

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“It’s a dogfight,” says Jim Brochin.

Despite Maryland primary day coming and going, the top spot for county executive is still up for grabs.

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If the race ended Wednesday, former state delegate John Olszewski Jr. would represent the Democratic party.

Olszewski is currently the leader and remains confident.

“We’re very happy to be where we are in this race today, and again, we’re going to make sure that we follow that process and every vote is counted,” he said.

For Jim Brochin, he has been in a close call like this before, all the way back in 2002.

“We’ve gotta take it one day at a time, and the first day is tomorrow when they start counting the first batch of absentee ballots,” he said.

Brochin said he’s hopeful, with the absentee ballots being filled out before the race turned ugly.

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“Most of the people that cast absentee ballots cast them before Vicki started throwing mud at me, so they saw the campaigns, I think for what they were,” Brochin said.

From PTA mom to councilwoman, Vicki Almond addressed her campaign Tuesday night.

“Everybody in this room means something special to me,” Almond said to the crowd.

Despite an emotional speech, Almond remains in the mix.

“We just have to hope and wait and see. Whatever happens, we’ll be fine,” Almond said.

It’s a race that can’t get any tighter.

Whoever comes out on top will go toe-to-toe with former delegate and insurance commissioner Republican Al Redmer.

Absentee ballots will start to be Thursday morning, with roughly 2,000 already turned in.

There are more than 80,000 provisional ballots across the state — and more than 2,000 of those are in Baltimore County for both parties. The question is, how many of those are for the Democratic party? They’ll start to be counted July 5.

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Rick Ritter