Donald Trump, even with the New York primary less than a week away, will roll into Pittsburgh for a rally that will stream live on Wednesday as Trump moves to lock down his lead in Pennsylvania, a state where the strange primary system means that it could be the place that makes or breaks the Donald Trump campaign.
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Trump holds a commanding lead in Pennsylvania, on top in one recent Fox News poll by a whopping 26 point margin. So why would Trump be so concerned about the state that he would leave the New York campaign trail to hold a rally in Pittsburgh just six days before the voting in his home state?
The Pennsylvania Republican primary does not take place until April 26, one week after New York. By winning the state, Trump would automatically claim 17 of the state’s 21 delegates. But the other 54, under Pennsylvania rules, remain “unbound,” meaning that once they get to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia this July, those delegates can vote for any candidate they choose.
Those delegates must, themselves, be elected in each congressional district. There are 162 candidates for the 54 delegate slots. And on the ballot, none of the delegates are affiliated with any candidate.
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But a huge Trump landslide could put pressure on those delegates who win their races to support the candidate with the highest vote totals. A survey conducted by The Pittsburgh Tribune Review newspaper, to which 127 of the 162 responded, showed that 67 of those delegates said they would vote at the convention for the candidate who won his or her congressional district.
Trump will begin making his case in Pennsylvania on Wednesday starting at 7 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 4 p.m. Pacific at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. Watch the rally stream live in the video below.
The rally follows the one-hour taping of a Trump Town Hall interview with the pro-Trump Fox News host Sean Hannity, which is scheduled toe begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in the city’s Oakland neighborhood.
While Fox News has not announced when the Hannity interview with Donald Trump will air, Hannity has interviewed Trump numerous times on the air, most recently on April 4, when Trump and his wife Melania sat for an interview with Hannity. That interview can be seen in the video below.
Hardly a day seems to pass without controversy for Donald Trump. On Monday evening, he appeared on Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor program with host Bill O’Reilly, who wanted to know how Trump, who has promised to increase jobs for Americans if he is elected president, would find jobs for African-Americans whom O’Reilly described as “ill-educated” and with “tattoos on their foreheads.”
Trump did not comment on the seemingly degrading and stereotypical description by O’Reilly.
Maybe Donald Trump is not always racist? https://t.co/sO56TQmaKW
— Fusion (@ThisIsFusion) April 12, 2016
“Well, it is true. It’s about education. But it’s also about spirit. A lot of people don’t have spirit. Not only African-Americans, but we don’t have spirit in our country.”
Recently, however, Trump has reserved his outrage not for minority voters, but for the Republican Party itself, saying that the party’s upper elite members are trying to cheat him out of victories that he earned at the ballot box.
In Colorado over the weekend, the state held its convention to pick delegates who would go to the Republican National Convention. Trump and his campaign personnel appeared stumped by the rules that govern how Colorado allocated delegates and were out-maneuvered by his Republican rival Ted Cruz, whose aggressive deal-making netted him all of the state’s 21 delegates.
Donald Trump responded at a rally in Rome, New York, on Tuesday, telling his supporters that Republican National Committee members should be “ashamed of themselves for allowing this kind of crap to happen. The Republicans have a worse system than the Democrats.”
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