Cruz, Ka­sich Reach ‘Stop-Trump’ Deal

The cam­paigns of the two Repub­li­cans reach a deal to con­cen­trate their ef­forts and re­sources in state con­tests where each has a bet­ter shot

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

EMILY STEPHEN­SON

Wash­ing­ton: Repub­li­can White House ri­vals Ted Cruz and John Ka­sich a n nou nc e d a de a l on Sun­day to stay out of each other’s way i n some upc omi ng st ate pri­maries in hopes of block­ing fron­trun­ner Don­ald Trump from win­ning the party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion.

Cruz’s cam­paign said in a state­ment he would fo­cus on In­di­ana and give Ka­sich a clearer shot in Ore­gon and New Mex­ico, states where the Ohio gov­er­nor ex­pects to do well. Ka­sich, in turn, agreed to shift re­sources west and away from In­di­ana. The In­di­ana pri­mary is on May 3, Ore­gon’s is May 17 and New Mex­ico’s June 7. Trump has won the most state nom­i­nat­ing con­tests, but he has a tough path to earn the 1,237 del­e­gates needed to se­cure the nom­i­na­tion. The Cruz and Ka­sich cam­paigns be­lieve their agree­ment to cede states where the other can­di­date ap­pears strong could help limit Trump’s abil­ity to win more del­e­gates.

Some Repub­li­can strate­gists who “Wow, just an­nounced that Lyin’ Ted and Ka­sich are go­ing to col­lude in or­der to keep me from get­ting the Repub­li­can nom­i­na­tion. DES­PER­A­TION!”

op­pose Trump have been call­ing for such a deal for weeks. The ques­tion for Cruz and Ka­sich is whether their agree­ment is too late. I f no c a ndid at e h a s enou g h sup­port by the first vote at the Repub­li­can Na­tional Con­ven­tion in July, many del­e­gates will be al­lowed to switch sides on sub­se­quent bal­lots. Cruz cam­paign man­ager Jef f Roe said Tr u mp, who has of­fended women, His­pan­ics and other groups with con­tro­ver­sial state­ments, would lose a gen­eral elec­tion con­test against the even­tual Demo­cratic nom­i­nee in the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion.

“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,” Ka­sich chief strate­gist John Weaver said in a state­ment. The stop-Trump group #Nev­erTrump wel­comed news of the pact. “Whether you sup­port Ted Cruz or John Ka­sich, a sec­ond bal­lot at the con­ven­tion is im­per­a­tive to stop­ping Don­ald Trump. We’re happy to see the Ka­sich and Cruz cam­paigns strate­gi­cally us­ing their re­sources to deny Don­ald Trump del­e­gates where they are in the strong­est po­si­tion to do so,” said the group’s se­nior ad­viser, Rory Cooper.

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