MILWAUKEE (CBSDC/AP) — Mitt Romney has won the Republican presidential primary in the District of Columbia, earning 16 convention delegates and further distancing himself from his fading rivals.

The GOP candidates spent almost no time or money courting the 30,000 Republican voters in the nation’s capital. Republicans make up 6.6 percent of the electorate, and a GOP presidential candidate has never carried the district in a general election.

Local Republican leaders united behind Romney, who appeals to many district voters because he’s considered more moderate on social issues.

Turnout was light Tuesday in the district.

Romney also coasted to an easy win in Maryland where voter turnout was also sparse.

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