Who Knew? D.C. GOP Primary Starts Friday

You may be surprised to learn that the D.C. Republican Primary is happening Friday, Saturday and Sunday — March 1 to 3 at the Marriott Madison Hotel at 1177 15th St. NW. Yes, that’s right: one polling station in all of Washington, D.C.

“This is the earliest we could schedule it according to Republican rules,” said D.C. Republican Party Chairman Patrick Mara. “The 2024 election cycle is a big year for D.C. Republican voters, as our presidential primary will be the fifth in the nation, significantly impacting the nominating process of the eventual Republican presidential nominee.”

All voters in the D.C. GOP primary need to be primary residents of Washington, D.C., and supposedly a registered Republican. But, in fact, a voter registration card is not required, according to local Republican officials.

During the pre-Super Tuesday D.C. Primary, presidential candidates will compete for 19 proportionately allocated delegates and 16 alternate delegates to the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 15 to 18, where delegates from across the country will convene to select the Republican nominee for President of the United States.

Along with former President Donald Trump, seven other official candidates have made (in order of filing) the official D.C. GOP Presidential Candidate Ballot: businessman Vivek Ramaswamy, Governor Ron DeSantis, businessman Ryan Binkley, former Governor Nikki Haley, Governor Doug Burgum, National Security Strategist David Stuckenberg and former Governor Chris Christie.

Haley will be featured at a special D.C. GOP event at noon Friday, March 1, at the Marriott Madison Hotel.

“This contest may be the best chance for former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley to score a victory in a presidential nomination contest where former President Donald Trump has won every contest so far,” according to some Haley campaign watchers. “Last week, Trump won the primary in South Carolina where Haley, the former Secretary to the United Nations for President Trump, had been a popular governor.”

Haley was ranked last of 14 candidates for vice president in a straw poll at the Trump-dominated CPAC conference at National Harbor Feb. 21-24. The top two candidates that were tied 15 percent of the vote each were Kristi Noem and Vivek Ramaswamy.  In order of favorability, the other 12 were Tulsi Gabbard, Elise Stefanik, Tim Scott, Bryon Donalds, Kari Lake, Ben Carson, Ron DeSantis, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Tucker Carlson, Robert F Kennedy Jr., J.D. Vance and Nikki Haley.

The D.C. Democratic Primary will occur on June 4.


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