D.C. GOP To Hold Presidential Primary Straw Poll

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Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney debate on Feb. 22, 2012 in Mesa, Ariz. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

Republican presidential candidates Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney debate on Feb. 22, 2012 in Mesa, Ariz. (credit: DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Some District of Columbia Republicans will get a chance to show support for their preferred presidential candidates.

The D.C. Republican Committee is holding its annual Lincoln Douglass Dinner Monday night. The gathering will include a straw poll for the April 3 presidential primary.

GOP front-runner Mitt Romney is expected to prevail. He’s been endorsed by some Republican leaders in the district, where GOP voters tend to be socially moderate.

Romney’s more conservative rival, Rick Santorum, is not on the primary ballot in the district. Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul are, along with Jon Huntsman, who has dropped out of the race.

The district has just over 30,000 registered Republicans, or 6.5 percent of all voters. The winner of the primary will earn 16 convention delegates.

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