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Potomac primary

The Potomac primary (named after the river that splits the region), also called Chesapeake Tuesday, the Beltway primary, and the Crabcake primary, is the confluence of three Democratic presidential primaries and three Republican presidential primaries that takes place after Super Tuesday.


Republican primaries

  • District of Columbia Republican primary, 2008
  • Maryland Republican primary, 2008
  • Virginia Republican primary, 2008
  • Democratic primaries

  • District of Columbia Democratic primary, 2008
  • Maryland Democratic primary, 2008
  • Virginia Democratic primary, 2008
  • Results

    The results on both sides were fairly unsurprising according to opinion polling, with both John McCain and Barack Obama winning by substantial margins. For Obama, however, the race had been significant as a major source of delegates in the close Democratic race, with him garnering a net gain of 50 delegates.

    Republican primaries

  • District of Columbia Republican primary, 2012
  • Maryland Republican primary, 2012
  • Democratic primaries

    President Barack Obama ran unopposed.


    In the 2016 election, on both the Republican and Democratic sides, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are holding their primaries on three separate days. Virginia's 2016 primaries were part of Super Tuesday, while Maryland's took place on April 26. The Democrats of the District of Columbia will hold their primary on June 14, while the District's Republicans instead opted for a caucus, which took place on March 12.


    Potomac primary Wikipedia