There some frustrated, confused people walking the streets of Pennsylvania today – they’re called Republicans.
Many are discovering at polling places that supporting their chosen presidential candidates in this primary is anything but simple.Besides voting for the candidate, you also have to choose three people on the ballot who want to be delegates to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Nothing on the ballot will tell you which presidential candidate they favor, if any.
“There’s been a great deal of confusion,” said Shannon Oscar, a candidate for delegate in Montgomery County.
Indeed. Unless they’ve done some homework, a Trumpster could accidentally vote for a Cruz supporter, or vice-versa.
So the presidential campaigns, and some other groups are trying to give voters slates of names, using social media, robocalls, polling place handouts, even lawn signs (see above).But it’s hard to reach everybody.
Two out of three voters we spoke with at a Langhorne polling place had no idea which delegates to vote for. The exception was Pat White, who went right for the three delegate candidates backing Donald Trump.
“I did some homework, and I voted on the ones that would support him,” White said.
But White said the system should be changed. “People should know who they’re voting for. A lot of people have no idea.”
For some guidance, you can consult our survey of delegate candidates’ intentions, and get a fuller explanation of how the process works.
You can also consult the recommended slates of the Trump and Cruz campaigns. We are not aware of any similar listing for the Kasich campaign. When surveying delegate candidates we found exactly one who is pledge to the Ohio governor.