With less than 24-hours before 5 more states vote in the Republican primary, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich are joining forces in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the nomination!
Neither Kasich or Cruz can get the necessary delegates to win the nomination before the convention, so their only option is to block Trump from the nomination and pray for a contested convention in Cleveland.
Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy — something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks — is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.
The extraordinary moves reflect the national strength Trump has shown and the inability of Republicans who oppose the New York billionaire to come together to stop him. Dividing up some of the remaining primary states by putting forward one strong alternative to Trump in each could be enough to take away delegates and curb Trump’s run to the nomination.
Trump is the only candidate who can realistically get a first-ballot victory — there’s no mathematical path for Cruz or Kasich to clinch the nomination heading into the convention. The billionaire is poised for a strong performance Tuesday, when Republicans in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island head to the polls.
Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement the Texas senator will focus on the May 3 Indiana primary. He called Trump at top of the GOP ticket “a sure disaster.”
He added: “To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.
Trump has since blasted the arrangement, calling it a sign of “desperation” from both candidates.
How should Trump react moving forward now that Cruz and Kasich are actively teaming up to stop him from winning the nomination? Will it work? Share your thoughts below!
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