NYT: Donald Trump ‘Could Be as Few as 270 Delegates from the 1,237 He Needs’

<> on April 26, 2016 in New York, New York.
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Nate Cohn writes that Donald Trump will likely pick up a good portion of Pennsylvania’s unbound delegates and could need only 270 more delegates to clinch the Republican nomination.

From the New York Times:

Mr. Trump won at least 105 of the 118 pledged delegates, with the potential to win even more if the final count broke his way.

Mr. Trump even seemed likely to win unpledged delegates elected in Pennsylvania’s unusual “loophole” primary, the type of contest — focusing on gaining the loyalty of individual delegates — that has tripped him up so far this cycle. There, 17 delegates go to the statewide winner, but voters also directly elect 54 unpledged delegates to the Republican convention, and the Pennsylvania ballot includes no guidance on how these delegates might vote.

Mr. Trump’s preferred delegates led in 29 of the 54 slots. He may ultimately win fewer unpledged delegates than he would have if the state had adopted more typical rules, but he will not be shut out as he was in Colorado’s delegate convention.

Mr. Trump could be as few as 270 delegates from the 1,237 he needs when all of Tuesday’s delegates have been awarded.

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