Everything you need to know about voting in DC’s Republican primary this weekend

Republican voters in Washington, D.C., have only one location to cast their selection in the GOP primary this weekend.

The district, which is worth 19 electorates, is considered one of former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley’s best chances to get momentum going ahead of Super Tuesday on March 5.

Here is everything you should know before heading to the polls.

When and where is DC’s Republican primary?

Republican voters will be voting at the Madison Hotel in downtown Washington. The hotel is located on 15th St. NW, and polls open at 8 a.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The polls close each day at 7 p.m. 

American and District of Columbia flags fly outside of the Madison Hotel on Feb. 26, 2024, in Washington. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

This weekend is the first time voters can cast their ballot over a three-day period, but only registered Republicans who bring government-issued IDs can vote. Voters were required to be registered by Feb. 16.

Democrats will vote on June 4, 2024.

Who will be on the ballot?

The two main candidates on the ballot this weekend are former President Donald Trump, the GOP front-runner, and Haley. Other candidates, including those who dropped out of the race, will also be an option, such as Govs. Ron DeSantis (R-FL) and Doug Burgum (R-ND), along with former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and political newcomer Vivek Ramaswamy.

How are the delegates awarded?

All 19 delegates will go to one candidate if someone receives more than 50% of the vote. However, if no one reaches 50%, then the delegates are proportionally divided among candidates who receive more than 15% of the vote.

The results are expected to be announced an hour after polls close on Sunday.

What happens next?

There will be one more primary before Super Tuesday, where 16 states and one territory will cast the largest chunk of votes. North Dakota will cast their ballots on Monday. Trump is currently leading with 110 delegates, while Haley has 20. Candidates need 1,115 delegates to receive the nomination.


The states holding their primaries on Super Tuesday are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia.

The nominee will be announced at the Republican National Convention from July 15-18, 2024, in Milwaukee. 

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