Pennsylvania Primary 2016: Polling Hours & Key Information

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Donald Trump leads the Pennsylvania polls, but delegate rules may be a significant hurdle for him. (Getty)

Pennsylvania will hold its primary for both parties on Tuesday, April 26. No state has more importance for either the Republican or Democratic party of the April 26 slate than Pennsylvania. The state represents the largest number of delegates of any of the day’s states for both parties.

Here’s what you need to know about each party’s Pennsylvania primary:


Democratic Pennsylvania Primary 2016

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Hillary Clinton appears to have a sizable lead in Pennsylvania. (Getty)

DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

POLLING HOURS: Voting will be open to registered voters from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE: Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are fighting for the Democratic nomination.

TYPE OF PRIMARY: Pennsylvania is a closed primary for both parties. Only members of the Republican or Democratic party may vote in either’s primary. Voters had to be registered by March 26 to participate in either primary.

DELEGATES AT STAKE: There are 189 Democratic delegates at stake. The proportional method will be used to divide the delegates among the two candidates based on the results.

LATEST POLLS: Clinton has an average lead of 26.9 percentage points on Sanders based on the early polling.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & VOTING INFORMATION: Pennsylvania has a FAQ page with all the pertinent voting information.

NEXT UP AFTER PENNSYLVANIA: The Indiana primary is on May 3.


Pennsylvania Republican Primary 2016

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Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are in a battle for Pennsylvania. (Getty)

DATE: Tuesday, April 26, 2016

POLLING HOURS: Voting will be open to registered voters from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET.

CANDIDATES IN THE RACE: Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, and John Kasich all remain in the race on the Republican side.

TYPE OF PRIMARY: Pennsylvania is a closed primary for both parties. Only members of the Republican or Democratic party may vote in either’s primary. Voters had to be registered by March 26 to participate in either primary.

DELEGATES AT STAKE: There are 71 delegates at stake for the GOP candidates. 54 are not pledged to any candidate regardless of the voting results. 24 are given winner-take-all to the winner of each of Pennsylvania’s eight districts, with another three going to the statewide winner.

LATEST POLLS: Donald Trump has an average lead of 19.4 percentage points in the early polling.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & VOTING INFORMATION: Pennsylvania has a FAQ page with all the pertinent voting information. Voters will be required to have a valid photo ID.

NEXT UP AFTER PENNSYLVANIA: The Indiana primary is on May 3.


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