Hallie Jackson is a reporter for NBC — she covers the Cruz campaign. Today, Jackson reported that Cruz is romancing Pennsylvania in an attempt to grab the state’s unbound delegates. According to Jackson, even if Cruz has a third place finish in Pennsylvania’s Republican primary, he’ll win more than half the delegates.
Jackson said, “Even if Cruz comes in a distant third, a top campaign aide tells me, they will still, they believe, pick up more than half the delegates there.”
“They’re looking at more than 30,” Jackson said.
Pennsylvania allots 71 delegates in the Republican primary; 54 of which are unbound.
How Pennsylvania selects delegates:
54 of the Commonwealth’s 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention will be directly elected (their names appear on the ballot) in a LOOPHOLE type primary, in which delegates are elected separately from a presidential preference. Each of the 18 Congressional District is allocated 3 delegates (54 = 18 districts × 3 delegates/district). Rule 8.4 of the Republican State Committee of Pennsylvania’s Rules states that all delegates elected by Congressional District “…shall run at large within the Districts and shall not be officially committed to any particular candidate on the ballot.”.
17 (10 base at-large delegates plus 4 bonus delegates plus 3 RNC delegates) of the Commonwealth’s 71 delegates to the Republican National Convention delegates are bound for the 1st ballot to the candidate who receives the most votes in the Pennsylvania Presidential Primary. The delegates are released if the candidate withdraws, suspends, or terminates his/her campaign or publicly releases his/her delegates. [Rule 8.3]