WASHINGTON (NEWSnet/AP) — Republicans in the District of Columbia will meet at a hotel this weekend to cast their ballots for GOP presidential candidates.

Voting begins Friday and ends 7 p.m. Sunday at one polling location, a hotel in the downtown area. This count will decide the city’s 19 delegates to this summer’s Republican National Convention. The local party is expected to announce the final vote results and the winner of the primary within an hour or so of polls closing on Sunday.

Only voters who were registered in the district as Republicans may participate; the deadline was Feb. 16. Early voting is not an option in this primary. Absentee voting is also not permitted, except for military and overseas voters.

The two major candidates still active in the GOP primary are former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley, who is staying in the race at least through March 5, and former President Donald Trump, who has won every nominating contest so far. Other candidates who will be listed on the ballot are Florida businessman David Stuckenberg and former candidates Ryan Binkley, Doug Burgum, Chris Christie, Ron DeSantis and Vivek Ramaswamy.

All of Washington's 19 GOP delegates will be awarded to the candidate who receives more than 50% of the primary vote. If no candidate wins a vote majority, delegates will be allocated in proportion to the overall primary vote.

Washington is one of the most heavily Democratic jurisdictions in the nation. There were about 23,000 registered Republicans in the city on Jan. 31 with previous primaries seeing about 5,000 to 6,000 people participating.

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