Trump, Clinton lead by double digits; watch for Pennsylvania in Tuesday's primaries

New York: Billionaire and US presidential hopeful Trump is favored to win in the five states that vote Tuesday -- Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. There are 21 states left in the primaries which are a miniature election spread across seven months where each party's candidates seek battle for nomination based on votes from their own tribe.

A Trump fan reacts on seeing the real thing/ Reuters

A Trump fan reacts on seeing the real thing/ Reuters

Among the 5 states that vote Tuesday, Pennsylvania is the big prize. The reason is its quirky system and the mathematical possibilities it throws up.

Meanwhile, Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich launched into a team effort Monday to deny Donald Trump the party's nomination, a late-in-the-game bid the billionaire frontrunner dismissed as an act of "desperation." Trump and Hillary Clinton both lead their rivals by double digits, reports CNN.

The big story in Pennsylvania isn’t what happens on Tuesday, but what happens after Tuesday. Only the 17 delegates awarded to the statewide winner will be bound to a candidate…The 54 district delegates (three awarded in each congressional district) will be selected individually by voters, and nowhere on the ballot will it indicate which candidate each delegate supports. This state sends more "unbound" delegates to the Republican convention than any other. Watch for Penn State, Indiana and California to see where the Republican party is headed. These are the numbers that will decide whether it is a contested convention or not in July.

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Updated Date: Apr 25, 2016 23:21:23 IST

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