The path to the Republican presidential nomination will be running through some of the most Democratic neighborhoods in the country—Harlem, the South Bronx, Berkeley, and South Central Los Angeles. It’s another odd quirk of the Republican primary process that some of the most liberal congressional districts in the country will play an outsize role in determining whether Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee or not.
In the vote-rich states of New York and California, each congressional district allocates three delegates apiece. That means that conservative districts in Staten Island (New York) and Orange County (California) carry as much importance as heavily-Democratic districts in New York City’s inner boroughs or the densely packed liberal neighborhoods in Los Angeles….
Against the odds, Trump has won widespread support in some of the most liberal Democratic areas of the country. He carried 40 percent of Cook County’s Republican vote, which includes the city of Chicago and its inner suburbs, allowing him to take most of Illinois’s delegates. Trump won 41 percent of the GOP vote in Wayne County, which encompasses the city of Detroit. He won 36 percent of the GOP vote in the city of St. Louis, and carried Boston’s Suffolk County with 47 percent of Republicans.