Pennsylvania GOP presidential delegate chase adds to mystery

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 21, 2016 3:55 AM

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

(Harrisburg) -- Pennsylvania has long been an afterthought in presidential primary stakes, but it stands to emerge as a key player in crowning this year's Republican presidential nominee. 

The commonwealth will send a whopping number of unpledged delegates to July's unsettled Republican National Convention.

Under a longtime state party rule, they can vote for whichever candidate they choose. 

That renders the result of Tuesday's statewide primary election relatively meaningless.

More meaningful is whom primary voters select as the 54 uncommitted delegates.  

The delegate candidates' names appear on the ballot without an affiliation with a presidential candidate. 

Midstate Congressman Lou Barletta says the confusing system means a voter can vote for front-runner Donald Trump and then vote for three delegates who could vote against Trump at the convention. 

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