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July 21, 2015

Contact: Patrick Mara                                                                                                        

Dr. Ben Carson wins DC Republican Party First in the Nation Urban State Party Straw Poll    

WASHINGTON – The DC Republican Party issued the following statement announcing the results of their Presidential Straw Poll held on Monday, July 20th. The top four finishers in the straw poll were:

  1. Ben Carson – 44%
  2. Jeb Bush – 17%
  3. Marco Rubio – 11%
  4. Scott Walker – 7%

José Cunningham, Chairman of the DC Republican Party, noted, “Next year the DC Republican Party will conduct a state convention to select 16 voting Delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. Our straw poll indicates that there are early favorites here in the District among Dr. Carson, Governor Bush, Senator Rubio and Governor Walker. We congratulate Dr. Carson on his impressive message, values and leadership resulting in this DC GOP straw poll win.”

“I am humbled by the support shown at the DC GOP Straw Poll tonight.  Even in our nation’s capital, Republicans recognize the need to change the culture of government here,” said Dr. Carson.  

DC GOP Executive Director, Patrick Mara, added, “We reached out to all sixteen Presidential candidates and their allies, and the contenders now see which campaigns have a jump start on the others. Our first-in-the-nation urban Republican state party straw poll leads us to believe that nearly all of the campaigns will organize voters in support of their candidates in advance of the DC state convention next March.  With 16 candidates in the race for President, selecting 16 Delegates in March will be consequential next year.”

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. It is a state party with three elected members of the 168-member Republican National Committee. In March 2016 District of Columbia Republicans will select 16 Delegates, 16 Alternate Delegates and a Presidential nominee at their state convention.   

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