HARRISBURG, Pa (WHTM) — When Pennsylvania voters enter the booth on Tuesday, they’ll be voting for both a presidential candidate and selecting a group of delegates.
The processes for how each party selects delegates differs. On a Democratic ballot, delegate candidate names are accompanied by the name of the presidential candidate they support, either Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. Depending on the congressional district in which you live, there will be different instructions for how many delegates you can select. The delegate candidates are also categorized by gender, and voters will be instructed to vote only for a certain number of men and a certain number of women. If a delegate candidate wins the popular vote in their district, they will attend the Democratic National Convention and cast their vote for the candidate to which they pledged during the primary. In all, 210 Democratic delegates are up for grabs in Pennsylvania. 62 are appointed by the party, and will be awarded proportionally to candidates who win at least 15% of the statewide vote. 21 super delegates are unbound, and can vote for any candidate they please at the national convention. The remaining pledged delegates are chosen by the voters at the primary, as described.
On the Republican ballot, voters will select both a presidential candidate and a number of delegates. Unlike Democrats, the Republican delegate candidates do not list which candidate they support. Three delegates will be elected from each of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts.
All elected Republican delegates are unbound, and can vote for any candidate at their party’s national convention. However, many delegates say they will simply vote for the candidate that wins the popular vote in their congressional district, or they have announced publicly which candidate they intend to support on the first ballot and beyond, if necessary. Of the 71 total Republican delegates that will eventually be awarded, only 17 will be won in the primary. Those 17 are appointed by the state party, and are bound to vote for the winner of the state’s popular vote on the first ballot at the national convention.
Both the Donald Trump and Ted Cruz campaigns have released the names of delegates that have pledged to support them in each of Pennsylvania’s 18 congressional districts. There are no known Pennsylvania delegate candidates pledged to John Kasich.
On the Web: List of Delegates Running in Pa. Primary 2016