Ted Cruz and John Kasich have formed an unprecedented alliance to prevent GOP frontrunner Donald Trump from securing the delegates he needs to win the nomination.
This effort reflects Cruz’s desperation as he drops into third place in numerous states. Meanwhile, Kasich clings to the hope that he will be chosen by the RNC this summer.
The plan is to divide campaign efforts in such a way that each candidate wins two of the four upcoming states. “To ensure 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 Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico,” said Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe.
“Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee,” announced Kasich’s team.
While Republicans lawmakers have made it clear they will not support a Trump presidency, it’s equally clear that the American people do not agree. It’s also possible that the American people will not get to make that choice.
Trump responded to his opponents’ double team effort on Twitter: “Wow. Just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!”
“When two candidates who have no path to victory get together to stop a candidate who is expanding the party by millions of voters (all of whom will drop out if I am not in the race), it is yet another example of everything that is wrong in Washington and our political system,” he wrote in a follow-up comment.
Kasich has been trying for some time now to talk Cruz into a compromise. It was not until a few weeks ago that the Texas Senator became desperate enough to talk. He knows just as we do that Kasich’s campaign has far more to gain from the union than Cruz’s.
Meanwhile, Trump is doing everything he can to avoid a contested convention come July. He has poured millions of his own dollars into securing delegates and is hopeful for a success in California. In a recent interview with Fox News, the billionaire expressed concern in regards to his opponents having “connections into the machine” which could lead to the GOP establishment undermining him – even though he is obviously the most popular candidate.
Nonetheless, there is still a good chance that Trump will secure the nomination. The billionaire is poised for a successful performance this Tuesday, when Republicans in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Delaware head to the polls. He’s also the favorite among Golden State primary voters, where recent polls show him leading with 49% to Cruz’s 22% and Kasich’s 20%.