In a surprise move, Republican presidential candidates John Kasich and Ted Cruz have announced that they are joining forces in an attempt to keep Donald Trump from becoming the party’s nominee. Each candidate will be focusing their efforts on specific states in an attempt to keep the GOP front-runner from getting the delegates necessary to secure the nomination.
Jeff Roe from the Cruz campaign released the following statement:
Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans. Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation. 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, and we would hope that allies of both campaigns would follow our lead. In other states holding their elections for the remainder of the primary season, our campaign will continue to compete vigorously to win.
The Kasich campaign released a similar statement on Twitter, explaining that the Ohio Governor will focus his energies on Oregon and New Mexico.
NEWS: Kasich campaign will marshal campaign resources to New Mexico and Oregon, allow Cruz to focus on Indiana. pic.twitter.com/auUIUX961O
— Team Kasich (@TeamJohnKasich) April 25, 2016
The goal is to ensure an open convention by keeping Trump from amassing the 1,237 delegates needed to cinch the nomination. Both the Cruz and Kasich campaigns are certain that if Trump doesn’t get the necessary number of delegates to win on the first vote, he will not be the party’s nominee since in later votes delegates are no longer bound to vote for a certain candidate and can vote their conscience.
Currently, Trump has 845 pledged delegates, compared to Cruz’s 559 and Kasich’s 148.
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