It’s not easy being a Republican in the District of Columbia.

They’re all but ignored by presidential candidates who think their 16 convention delegates aren’t worth fighting over. And they struggle to remain relevant in local politics. They’ve had no one on the D.C. Council since 2009, and the party’s most prominent elected official is a school board member.

Nonetheless, Republicans will head to the polls Tuesday to have their say in the presidential race and a handful of local elections. Mitt Romney is expected to coast to victory in the winner-take-all presidential primary, despite spending zero time and little money campaigning in the district.