WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — More than 6,000 people took advantage of early voting for Tuesday’s primary election in the District of Columbia.

Republican voters in the district are choosing their preferred candidate to challenge President Barack Obama this fall. It’s one of 11 races on the ballot, including five D.C. Council seats.

Early voting began on March 19 and ended Saturday. District elections officials say another 3,700 voters requested absentee ballots. Together, early and absentee voters make up just over 2 percent of registered voters in the district.

Political observers expect turnout to be low. It’s the first time that a presidential primary and a D.C. Council primary have been held on the same day. But the lack of a Democratic challenger to Obama is expected to keep some voters away.

Voters in neighboring Maryland will also head to the polls for their primaries on Tuesday.

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