Gubernatorial candidates give final push ahead of primary election Tuesday

BALTIMORE - Campaigns were in the final stretch Monday.  ABC2 News caught up with some of the gubernatorial candidates to hear their final messages.

One last stop, and one last wave.  It's the final lap before Tuesday's Primary Election.  Candidates hoping to snag the Governor's seat spent hours on the campaign trail trying to pull in more votes.

On the Republican side, Harford County Executive David Craig had a busy day getting in front of folks heading to the polls.  He wants voters to know he's focusing on your wallet.

"The key issue right now is taxes,” said Craig.  “We have a reputation of having actually balanced budgets as County Executive, so it's not just about having rhetoric about what you want to talk about, it's also about having a record."         

He's going up against front runner Larry Hogan , Del. Ron George and Charles Lollar .

They're a heartbeat away from the statehouse, and on the Democrat side Del. Heather Mizeur ended the day with a campaign rally.  She says the Mizeur/Coates ticket is feeling a surge of momentum in the race.  Her pitch targets middle class families.

"Turn that minimum wage into a living wage, bring middle class and small business cuts to the table, eliminate the achievement gap with universal pre-k, and end our failed war on drugs," Mizeur said.

Attorney General Doug Gansler crisscrossed to events spreading his message, and pushing people to vote Tuesday. 

As for Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown , he stopped by the Baltimore City Campaign Office to thank volunteers, supports and staff, and remind folks why he is running.

"We want to make sure that every Marylander has access to great schools, we want to make sure that every Marylander who wants to work hard and play by the rules can get a good family supportive job, we want every Marylander, regardless of where you live, can raise your family in a clean environment, a safe neighborhood," said Brown.

The Maryland State Board of Elections says a record number of voters hit the polls this year during the 8 days of early voting.  However, that number is only about 4% of eligible voters in the state.  Everyone we spoke with Monday afternoon told us they plan to vote, but not everyone has a clear picture of whose name they'll select.  And many folks say it comes down to the issues and knowing the candidates.

"You don't hear too much about anyone's view points, stand points, opinions, anything,” Sheldon Gaines said.  “So that's why I’m undecided, and from what I hear that's why a lot of people I talk to are undecided for the same reason, they just don't have any information on any of the candidates right now."

"The one that really got me was legalizing marijuana, i just think that's wrong,” said Phillip Snead.  “I mean for years you've been telling kids to say no to drugs and then you get older and then you have these politicians trying to legalize it and I think that's crazy."

The polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.  The winners will move onto the primary election in November.