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5:35 p.m. Polls close at 7 p.m. CST for the District of Columbia primary. On the Democratic side, 15 of D.C.'s 38 delegates to the DNC are tied to today's primary. For the Republicans, 16 of D.C.'s 19 delegates to the GOP convention are tied to today's primary.

7:00 p.m. NBC News projects Barack Obama the winner of the District of Columbia Democratic primary. Obama has now won 20 states plus D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

7:04 p.m. No network has yet called the GOP race in D.C.

8:40 p.m. NBC News projects John McCain the winner of the District of Columbia Republican primary. McCain has now won 15 states plus D.C.

12:09 a.m. Republican (98% reporting)
McCain = 68%
Huckabee = 17%
Paul = 8%
Romney = 6%

12:09 a.m. Democratic (98% reporting)
Obama = 75%
Clinton = 24%
Uncommitted = 1%

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