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(AP) – The latest contest in the Republican presidential primary season will be held in a place where Republican votes hardly ever matter: the nation’s capital.


Nineteen delegates – as many as Hawaii has – are up for grabs in the District of Columbia’s GOP convention, an unprecedented event created by a quirk of party and local election rules.


There are only 27,000 registered Republicans living in Washington – just 6 percent of the city’s voters. With the nomination far from locked up, voters who bother to show up Saturday at a downtown hotel will have tremendous influence over how the city’s delegates are divided.


“In terms of being a D.C. Republican, we have not mattered this much in a presidential primary since Frederick Douglass was a precinct captain here,” D.C. GOP executive director Patrick Mara said.


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