Monday, May 25, 2020

Cruz and Kasich Team Up To Stop Trump

Sunday night, Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced that they were going to coordinate to try and stop GOP frontrunner Donald Trump from reaching the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the nomination. This comes after both men have been all but mathematically eliminated from reaching the 1,237 number before the convention.

From CNN:

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 called a Trump nomination “a sure disaster” for the GOP in his announcement of the arrangement. Marco Rubio, who will have the fourth largest amount of delegates at the convention, all but endorsed Ted Cruz in an appearance with Mark Levin.

Trump took to Twitter to blast the arrangement.

According to Real Clear Politics, Trump holds a lead in the poll average in Indiana of 6.3% over Ted Cruz. The state votes on May 3rd.

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