Presidential Primaries

DC GOP removes delegate who preferred Clinton to Trump

A Republican convention delegate who said she might prefer Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump has been told she has been stripped of her slot after party officials say she lied about her residency.

Patrick Mara, executive director of the District of Columbia's GOP, said Tuesday that an investigation determined Rina Shah Bharara is actually a Virginia resident and therefore ineligible to be a D.C. delegate.

Bharara was elected as a delegate at the D.C. party convention in March. She ran as a Marco Rubio delegate and was the second-leading vote-getter.

Bharara said she has homes in D.C. and northern Virginia but her residency in the District is legitimate. She said the residency issue is a pretext for removal by party officials upset she said she might prefer Clinton over Trump.