Pennsylvania could make the difference between Donald Trump winning or losing the Republican presidential nomination.
How so? Those soon-to-be infamous 54 unbound delegates.
As MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki explained first in the Tweet below and then in the video above, if PA’s unbound delegates turn to Trump en masse, it may get him to the 1,237 threshold before the RNC Convention in Cleveland.
“If [Trump] got 120 out of California, a rough estimate, 12 out of New Mexico and 51 out of New Jersey, he’d be sitting at 1199, you say he’s short. We have the open convention. Here’s the thing,” Kornacki states.
“17 [pledged delegates] in Pennsylvania, that real number is 71,” he continues. “There are 54 unbound delegates in Pennsylvania. Right now, the majority of candidates running to be unbound delegates in Pennsylvania are saying publicly on the record they will go with whatever candidate wins their state. Donald Trump is leading Pennsylvania by more than 20 points right now. He could easily get the lion’s share of those and that could put him over 1,237, a win in Indiana could put him over 1,237. A better showing in the northeast could get him closer, there are many pathways.”
It is worth pointing out that while many delegates are pledging support for a specific candidate or the one that wins their district, it is in their interest to hold out their support if Trump does not reach 1,237 by June 7th.
The next few weeks (or even months) could prove not only highly intriguing but potentially historic for the Keystone State.