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Nikki Haley is expected to become the first woman to win a Republican primary


Former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is expected to win the Washington, D.C., Republican primary on Sunday, ABC News reports, her first primary victory over former President Donald Trump, but one that does little to improve the arduous task to get ahead of him in the race. for the GOP nomination.

The projected victory will make Haley the first woman to win a Republican presidential primary or caucus.

According to a study by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University of leading female presidential candidates, Republican candidate Margaret Chase Smith (1964) was the first woman to have her name put forward for president, but n won no primaries.

Elizabeth Dole ran as a Republican in 1999 but withdrew before the primary.

Michele Bachmann ran as a Republican in 2012 but withdrew after the Iowa caucuses.

Carly Fiorina ran as a Republican in 2016 but withdrew after New Hampshire (and lost in Iowa and New Hampshire).

Haley campaign spokesperson Olivia Perez-Cubas highlighted the milestone on in writing: “This makes Nikki Haley the first woman to win a Republican primary in United States history.”

Nineteen delegates were up for grabs. Early voting took place Friday and Saturday, and mail-in ballots had to be received by Saturday.

Democrats will hold their own presidential primary in the city on June 4, where President Joe Biden will face only nominal opposition.

Importance of state

The Washington, D.C. primary is not expected to have major implications for either party and the district has reliably voted Democratic over the years.


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