On Monday, CNN reported that Ted Cruz and John Kasich are teaming up to stop Donald Trump in three states — Indiana, Oregon and New Mexico.
According to CNN:
Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements late Sunday saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy — something the two campaigns have been working on for weeks — is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.
The extraordinary moves reflect the national strength Trump has shown and the inability of Republicans who oppose the New York billionaire to come together to stop him. Dividing up some of the remaining primary states by putting forward one strong alternative to Trump in each could be enough to take away delegates and curb Trump’s run to the nomination.
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Is it a desperation move? Some think so:
Basically it's desperation time for Cruz/Kasich- a recognition that there's a good chance Trump gets to 1,237 unless drastic measures taken.
— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) April 25, 2016
Notable given how just a week ago Kasich campaign claimed to secure most delegates in party selection https://t.co/ksraA679PJ
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) April 25, 2016
Trump also weighed in:
He also issued a statement on his website indicating that such coordination between the two candidates ought to be illegal.
Senator Cruz has done very poorly and after his New York performance, which was a total disaster, he is in free fall and as everyone has seen, he does not react well under pressure. Also, approximately 80% of the Republican Party is against him. Governor Kasich, who has only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so. Marco Rubio, as an example, has more delegates than Kasich and yet suspended his campaign one month ago. Others, likewise, have done much better than Kasich, who would get slaughtered by Hillary Clinton once the negative ads against him begin. 85% of Republican voters are against Kasich.
Collusion is often illegal in many other industries and yet these two Washington insiders have had to revert to collusion in order to stay alive. They are mathematically dead and this act only shows, as puppets of donors and special interests, how truly weak they and their campaigns are. I have brought millions of voters into the Republican primary system and have received many millions of votes more than Cruz or Kasich. Additionally, I am far ahead of both candidates with delegates and would be receiving in excess of 60% of the vote except for the fact that there were so many candidates running against me.
He also hit on the well-worn theme that the GOP nomination is rigged. But one has to ask: If the process is rigged against him, how is he so far ahead? And how did he win so many delegates if the election is rigged against him?
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