GOP frontrunner Donald Trump is crying “foul” after the latest move by the last competitors standing in the GOP presidential primary. It seems that the campaigns of Senator [score]Ted Cruz[/score] (R-TX) and Governor John Kasich (R-OH) have agreed to focus their efforts on ensuring a “contested convention.” Neither Cruz nor Kasich can win the nomination outright before the July Republican National Convention, but it is exceedingly likely that Mr. Trump will also not be able to seal the deal before then either. Even if the last 15 primaries go better than expected for Mr. Trump, the math seems to indicate that he will fall short of a majority of the required delegates to win the nomination.
As such, Cruz and Kasich have decided to pool their resources in an effort to ensure that Trump will fail to reach his target.
On Monday morning the two campaigns announced that Governor Kasich would be ignoring Indiana’s upcoming primary and moving West to focus his efforts in Oregon and New Mexico. Meanwhile, Senator Cruz, who is right behind Trump in the polls of the Hoosier State, will spend his time canvassing Indiana in an effort to overcome the deficit and win the primary next week. If Cruz can defeat Mr. Trump in Indiana, it will make Trump’s path to the nomination (before the RNC) all but impossible.
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Ted Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, explained why the two candidates would be working together to ensure a contested convention.
“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans. 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.”
The most recent polling data shows that a majority of Republicans would prefer someone NOT named Donald Trump as their candidate in November, and if the reports on likely delegates to the convention are accurate, Donald Trump must win the nomination outright if he wants to be the GOP candidate.
If Mr. Trump cannot win the nomination before the convention, he will likely be unable to secure the nomination during the convention, because his campaign has been unable to get their delegates selected to the RNC.
While neither Cruz nor Kasich expect to have a very good April in terms of winning primaries, it may not matter if they just keep Mr. Trump from winning Indiana.
Which is why they’re teaming up now.
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