WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the weekend, Republican candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced that they will join forces to defeat rival Donald Trump. The two released statements saying they are working to prevent Trump from reaching the 1,237 delegates he needs because a Trump nomination would not be good for the Republican Party.
Cruz’s campaign issued a statement Sunday, and Kasich’s campaigned followed issuing a statement Monday.
“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” Cruz’s campaign manager Jeff Roe said. “Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation.”
Cruz will concentrate on Indiana’s primary scheduled for May 3. Indiana is a winner-take-all state with 57 delegates. The latest poll conducted by Fox News has Trump leading with 41 percent of the vote, and Cruz and Kasich following with 33 percent and 16 percent, respectively.
Kasich will focus on Oregon’s May 17 primary and New Mexico’s June 7 primary. Oregon has 28 delegates that are given out proportionally, and New Mexico has 24 delegates also given out proportionally.
Kasich’s chief strategist John Weaver stated:
“Due to the fact that the Indiana primary is winner-take-all statewide and by congressional district, keeping Trump from winning a plurality in Indiana is critical to keeping him under 1237 bound delegates before Cleveland. We are very comfortable with our delegate position in Indiana already, and given the current dynamics of the primary there, we will shift our campaign’s resources West and give the Cruz campaign a clear path in Indiana.”
Both campaigns said the unification is only for those three states and would compete with each other and Trump for the remainder of the primary states.
Trump tweeted Sunday night saying “Wow, just announce that Lyin’ Ted and Katich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!”
The #NeverTrump group are behind this partnership, according to their senior adviser Rory Cooper.
“Whether you support Ted Cruz or John Kasich, a second ballot at the Convention is imperative to stopping Donald Trump” Cooper said. “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.”