January 29, 2008
(AP) D.C., Maryland and Virginia are joining forces in hopes of becoming players in the selection of Democratic and Republican presidential nominees.
On February 12th, millions of voters in the three jurisdictions could turn out to award 239 Democratic delegates and 119 Republican delegates to candidates in what amounts to the Potomac Primary.
With no other states holding primaries or caucuses that day, leaders in both parties are looking forward to their states playing an important role if there's no decisive result on Super Tuesday.
Terry Lierman, former chairman of the Maryland Democratic Party, approached Virginia and District leaders about leveraging the region's potential relevance by setting a unified primary date.