That’s the delegate count in the Republican presidential primary and that’s the status of the PA primary at the moment.
That’s according to the newest Monmouth University Poll, which finds Trump out ahead at 44%. Cruz is in second with 28% while Kasich finishes third with 23%.
Perhaps just as important for Trump, though, is that while he runs strongest in rural areas his lead holds in suburban and urban sections of the commonwealth as well.
Of PA’s 71 GOP delegates, only 17 go to the winner. The other 54 are divided among the 18 congressional districts and are unbound to any candidate. Nevertheless, many potential delegates have stated that they would support whichever candidate won their district. The difference between 17 and 71 could ultimately be large enough to determine whether Trump captures the Republican nomination.
Finally, John Kasich didn’t record any real home-court advantage. Despite the fact that over half of respondents know the Ohio Governor was born in McKees Rocks, just 3% said it made it more likely they would support him.
The Monmouth University Poll was conducted by telephone from April 10th to 12th and included 303 likely PA Republican primary voters. The margin of error is +/- 5.6%.