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
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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