Republicans Ted Cruz and John Kasich Team Up to Stop Donald Trump

The candidates have agreed to cede certain states from their presidential campaigns not to let Trump win necessary 1,237 delegates.

Update on April 25, 2016: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is railing against a deal reached by rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich. “It’s collusion,” Trump said of the deal, speaking at a rally in Rhode Island.

Mr. Trump continued that, “if you collude in business or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. But in politics, because it’s a rigged system, because it’s a corrupt enterprise, in politics you’re allowed to collude.”

But Trump said he’s actually OK with the decision because it demonstrated his rivals’ weakness. “It shows how weak they are. It shows how pathetic they are,” he added.

Republican White House rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich have agreed on some kind of deal to fend Donald Trump off from winning the party’s presidential nomination. Campaigns of Cruz and Kasich will have to cede particular states. To be more exact, the Texan senator will focus on Indiana while the Ohio governor would do his utmost in Oregon and New Mexico.

The Cruz team has made an official statement confirming that the candidate will shift from Indiana. “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 1,237 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 Cruz and Kasich have announced their expectations that there to be a contested convention in Cleveland in July and are already preparing for a second ballot. However, to achieve it, they have firstly to stop Trump. The step they take proves that cooperation and united efforts seem to be the only solution.

The Guardian underlines that according to the rules, delegates are only bound by the results of their state’s primary or caucus for the first ballot while they are free to vote their conscience on any subsequent ballot. Thus, a considerable shift in votes on a second ballot can be expected since delegate selection is often an entirely separate process from a primary.

The Cruz and Kasich campaigns hope that the taken measure will prevent Trump from winning more delegates. Jeff Roe, a manager of Cruz campaign, predicts that Trump will lose a general election contest against the eventual Democratic nominee in the Nov. 8 election due to his frequent controversial statements offending women, Hispanics and other groups. “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,” said John Weaver, Kasich chief strategist.

Trump reacted in Twitter:

The cooperation between Ted Cruz and John Kasich was fully approved by the stop-Trump group #NeverTrump. “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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