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Now, the voters decide key races, ballot questions

Now, the voters decide key races, ballot questions

After months of being bombarded by slick advertising, celebrity endorsements and candidate pleas, Maryland voters will go to the polls today — in large numbers, according to one estimate — to have the final word.

At stake is the outcome of the highly charged presidential race, which could have an impact on the state's economy for years to come, along with ballot questions that have put Maryland at the center of broader debates over gay marriage and immigration.

What voters here decide will have unusual significance for a state often overlooked in national politics, experts said.

"What we say could reverberate, really, across the country," said Todd Eberly, a...