District of Columbia 2024 Primary

This Tuesday, the nation's capital holds a Democratic primary for president as well as for the at-large delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Polls close at 8:00 PM Eastern Time. Voting here? Find your nearest polling place or mail-in ballot drop box.


Republicans held a party-run primary back in March. It was won by Nikki Haley, one of only two GOP contests - Vermont the other - where she finished ahead of presumptive nominee, Donald Trump.

Along with the Democratic presumptive nominee, Joe Biden, the primary ballot includes Marianne Williamson and Armando Perez-Serrato. With a 15% threshold to accumulate delegates, the president is expected to win all 20.

U.S. House Delegate

There are six non-voting members of the U.S. House. One is from the District of Columbia, while the other five are from the U.S. Territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and U.S. Virgin Islands. These delegates ('resident commissioner' is the title used in Puerto Rico) have many of the same rights as Members from the 50 states; the primary difference is they may not vote in House floor sessions or preside over them.

In 1970, DC was granted statutory authority to elect a delegate. Only two people have since served in that role. The first was Democrat Walter Fauntroy from 1971 through 1990. 

Democrat Eleanor Holmes Norton was first elected in 1990. She is now seeking her 18th term, having never received less than 80% of the vote in any of her campaigns for reelection. She is opposed by Kelly Williams, who Norton defeated by an 87% to 6% margin in the 2022 primary.

Myrtle Alexander is unopposed for the Republican nomination.