Today is Tuesday April 26, another super Tuesday in the GOP primary calendar. Voters in five states – Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island – go to the polls to choose their candidate for the Republican presidential nominee.
In all, 172 delegates, or 14 percent of the total required to clinch the GOP nomination, will be up for grabs today, still not enough for Donald Trump to win nomination outright today even if he should sweep the board, but still a significant total that would help greatly in reaching the magic 1,237 number.
The GOP being what it is, the rules vary from state to state as regards the delegate distribution. Some states are simple winner take all and others have a more convoluted process.
Here is a short summary of what will be going on today after the votes are cast and all the counting completed.
Connecticut has a total of 28 delegates available. This total is comprised of 10 at-large delegates, with proportional representation for the remainder.
In Connecticut, if a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the statewide vote, they get all 10 at-large delegates.
Each of Connecticut’s five congressional districts also have 3 delegates available, for a total of 15. Whichever candidate has the most votes in each district gets all three of that district’s delegates. They do not have to get a majority.
There is also a threshold of 20 percent of the vote to be eligible to earn any delegates.
Delaware has a total of 16 delegates and is a winner-take-all. Whoever gets the most votes statewide gets all 16 delegates. They do not have to win a majority.
Maryland has a total of 38 delegates, 11 of whom are at-large. It is also a winner-take-all primary. Whoever gets the most votes statewide gets all 11 at-large delegates. They do not have to get a majority. They also get the state’s three RNC delegates for a total of 14.
Maryland’s eight congressional districts also have 3 delegates each on offer. Whichever candidate has the most votes in a district gets all three of that district’s delegates. They do not have to get a majority.
Pennsylvania has 71 delegates, the largest number available in today’s primaries. Of these 14 are at-large.
Pennsylvania is also a winner-take-all primary. Whoever gets the most votes statewide gets all 14 at-large delegates. They do not have to get a majority. They also get the state’s three RNC delegates for a total of 17.
The state also has 18 Congressional districts, each with 3 delegates on offer, for a total of an additional 54. The delegates are directly elected by voters and are officially unbound at the convention. They are allowed to declare or change their presidential preference at will.
Rhode Island has 19 delegates, 10 of whom are at-large. The delegates are awarded by proportional distribution, but candidates must get at least 10 percent of the statewide vote to earn any delegates.
Each of Rhode Island’s 2 congressional districts also has 3 delegates on offer, for a total of 6. If three candidates get at least 10 percent in a district, each candidate gets one delegate unless someone gets more than 67 percent of the district vote, in which case they are guaranteed at least two delegates.
Rhode Island is the only one of today’s voting states that does not have a closed primary. Instead it uses a modified party primary system, where major party voters have to stick to their party, but independents can vote in whichever party primary they want.
In each state and territory, three of the total delegates are RNC delegates: The national committeeman, the national committeewoman and the chairman of the state party. These delegates are tied to a specific candidate and are not allowed to choose whomever they want.
Vote, Vote, Vote!
So that is how your votes will be used to apportion delegates for the RNC Convention. This Super Tuesday could be a Super Trumpday, but only if you get out and cast your vote for Donald Trump.
Polls are already open, what are you waiting for?