Pennsylvania GOP Primary Rendered ‘Meaningless’ by Uncommitted Delegates
Reuters.com | April 21, 2016
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania, long an afterthought in presidential primary stakes, may emerge as a key player in crowning this year’s Republican presidential nominee.
Pennsylvania will send a whopping number of delegates to July’s unsettled Republican National Convention who, under a state party rule, can vote for whichever candidate they choose.
As a result, Pennsylvania’s April 26 statewide primary election is relatively meaningless — a beauty pageant. What is meaningful, however, is whom primary voters will select to send to Cleveland as the 54 uncommitted delegates.
“And then the drama begins,” said Michael McMonagle, a delegate candidate from Montgomery County who supports Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “Who can persuade who?”
Polls show New York businessman Donald Trump leading both Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Pennsylvania, where primary contests are usually so late that the eventual presidential nominee is no longer in doubt.