GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — With nearly less than 24 hours until the polls open on Election Day Tuesday, both candidates for Michigan governor rallied to get their supporters out to vote.

On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whiter and Republican challenger Tudor Dixon were both making their final pitches to convince voters to choose them when they head to the ballot box.

Monday night, the top candidates for Michigan governor held their final campaign rallies, delivering their closing messages ahead of Election Day.

Dixon spent her last rally before the election in Grand Rapids at Gerald R. Ford International Airport. She predicted a big win on Election Day.

“This is a moment where parents need to speak up,” Dixon told the crowd. “Parents and grandparents. This isn’t even about us. This is about the future. This is about our kids. This is about making sure Michigan lives on.”

Meanwhile, Whitmer was at Michigan State’s campus in East Lansing, projecting confidence for Democrats.

“We feel good,” Whitmer said. “We’ve been all across the state, the enthusiasm is real. We have been traversing the state and seen record turnout.”

News 8 asked Dixon for her final pitch to voters. She said education is a top priority, turning around school learning losses from the pandemic.

“We want to bring back schools, make sure every kid gets a world-class education in the state of Michigan, make sure our communities are safe, support our police officers and bring back the American dream by making it easier to do business in the state,” Dixon said.

In the governor’s closing message, Whitmer said Michigan can’t afford to change directions now, believing the state could get “left behind for a generation.”

“(Dixon) just wants to keep talking about the past,” Whitmer said. “But we need leaders who are focused on the future. What we have done is lay the groundwork by making record investments in public education, closing the skills gap, landing huge economic development and good paying jobs for generations of Michiganders.”

Whitmer also continued to emphasize protecting abortion rights.

“It’s simply codifying the rights we’ve had for 49 years, preserving the ability for woman and girls to make their own decisions about their body,” Whitmer said. “(It’s) an inherently personal and private decision that can have profound impact over a lifetime.”

Dixon also reflected on what could be a historic moment: the first Republican female governor in Michigan’s history.

“That would be pretty exciting especially for my four girls and all the young girls that you saw here tonight,” Dixon said. “So I look forward to being able to share that with women across the state if that happens and we’re so blessed.”

Although both candidates feel strong about their chances, they encouraged their supporters to not only make sure that they vote but reach out to their friends to do the same.

Both candidates spoke to News 8 Daybreak Monday morning.

After holding a campaign rally at Grand Valley State University’s Pew Campus in Grand Rapids Sunday night, Whitmer reminded voters of the importance of this election and encouraged everyone to vote.

“This is a high-stakes election. Whether we roll back individual rights, voting rights or go backwards when it comes to the advancements we made in funding for public education or economic development, all of this is very much at stake. You got a stark contrast here. I want to keep moving this state forward,” said Whitmer.

With recent polling showing the race has tightened, Dixon said she is confident leading up to Election Day. As of Monday, the Real Clear Politics polling average put Whitmer ahead of Dixon by about four percentage points — a narrow lead.

“It is looking good for our side of the ticket. We feel Election Day is going to be big for us. We are anxious to see what the results are,” said Dixon. “Everything looks good. We feel the energy. We feel that we are going to have a strong day (Tuesday).”

In-person polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

For more information about absentee voting, voter registration, and what will be on the ballot, check out News 8 article discussing everything you need to know about Michigan’s Nov. 8 election.