Right now, Trump has 845 delegates, Cruz has 559 and Kasich has 147.
As a result, Pennsylvania’s April 26 statewide primary election is relatively meaningless – a beauty pageant.
Bernie Sanders spent $9 for every vote he received in New York’s Democratic primary – while billionaire Donald Trump shelled out just 13 cents per vote in the Republican contest, media tracking data showed. The delegates are officially unbound to any campaign.
Kasich, too, is no stranger to losing in a primary to a candidate who is no longer running. They are elected by congressional district, three for each of Pennsylvania’s 18 districts for a total of 54.
Trump’s representatives, including newly recruited senior advisers Paul Manafort and Rick Wiley, met privately with leaders of the Republican National Committee at an oceanside resort hotel where the party is holding a three-day meeting.
Trump has been “projecting an image” to energize voters, Manafort said, adding that he will soon concentrate on “crooked Hillary”, the nickname that Trump has given to Democratic favorite Hillary Clinton.
For the Democrats, the process is less mysterious: Primary voters select 127 delegates who are affiliated on the ballot with either former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Neither party’s presidential selection system is ideal, as several candidates have been loudly proclaiming, but each has more virtues than shortcomings.
Even if the argument continues republican leaders say they will back whoever becomes the party’s nominee, including Donald Trump. A below-the-radar persuasion effort began last week, with Trump and Cruz loyalists telephoning delegate candidates to try to secure pledges of support.
Trump said he will campaign hard until he gets the nomination even though he’s in the middle of a battle with the head of the Republican Party.
The Texas senator appeared more certain than ever that the Republican primary was headed toward a contested convention, expressing confidence that no candidate – including himself – would win the 1,237 delegates needed for a first-ballot clinch.
So far, none has switched to Sanders and there’s little indication many would defect. “I don’t know how much more qualified one can be”. “I think that is the objective of being uncommitted”.
NY has not gone Republican in a general election since 1984 when Reagan won 49 of 50 states in a historic landslide.
In the final four congressional districts, Trump is ahead and is now just over the 50 percent threshold necessary to trigger winner-take-all delegate rules.