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October 5, 2015

Contact: Patrick Mara                                                                                                       

Dr. Ben Carson First Presidential Candidate to Make DC Republican Party March 12 Convention Ballot

WASHINGTON –  On Monday, October 5th, Dr. Ben Carson became the first Republican candidate for President of the United States to qualify for the ballot at the March 12, 2016, District of Columbia Republican state party convention. The DC Republican Party issued the following statement on Dr. Carson’s early entry into the race:

DC Republican Party Chairman José Cunningham noted, “We are excited to welcome Dr. Ben Carson as the first Republican Presidential Candidate to make the ballot in the District of Columbia. Dr. Carson had a decisive win at our Republican Presidential straw poll this past July and he continues to show momentum.”  

Carson’s entry into the District’s nominating contest comes within 48 hours of the release of the DC Republican Party’s Presidential candidate ballot access materials.  

The District of Columbia Republican Party State Convention will be held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at a site yet to be determined in Washington, DC. Candidates will compete for sixteen proportionately allocated Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where the Republican candidate for President of the United States will be officially nominated. In addition to selecting Presidential candidates and 16 Delegates at the March 12 convention, District of Columbia Republicans registered to vote in DC by January 1, 2016, will also have the opportunity to select sixteen Alternates to the Republican National Convention.  

For further information or comments, contact Patrick Mara at

The DC Republican Party Central Committee is made up of registered Republicans living throughout the District of Columbia in all eight wards who are nominated and elected to serve as members.


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