Unusual GOP delegate rules could put Pa. in the convention spotlight

04.06.16 | Bob Price

When Pennsylvania Republicans head to the polls next month, the first choice they'll make is who they'd like to see as the party's presidential nominee.

What those voters may not realize is that their selections for who will represent the state at the Republican National Convention this summer will be even more important.

Unlike in other states, the bulk of Pennsylvania's 71 Republican delegates aren't required to support the candidate that gets the most votes in the April 26 primary.

Instead, 54 of the delegates — three elected in each of the state's 18 congressional districts — can select any candidate they choose at the national convention in July. That means they could vote for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz or Ohio Gov. John Kasich even if most state Republicans pick New York businessman Donald Trump on their primary ballots.