Wacky Rules Complicate Race for GOP Delegates

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) - Look out for some wacky results in the Republican race for presidential nominating delegates. There might
even be a state or two where the second-place candidate gets the most delegates.

New GOP rules require states with nominating contests before April to award delegates proportionally. That usually means a candidate who gets 40 percent of the vote gets 40 percent of the delegates. But not always.

In Ohio, for example, the winner of each of the state's 16 congressional districts gets three delegates. Another 15 delegates
are divided proportionally based on statewide results. So it's possible in a close race for a candidate to narrowly win the most congressional districts - and the most delegates - but finish second in the statewide vote.

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