The campaigns of Ted Cruz and John Kasich released concurrent announcements late Sunday night. No, it’s not about being running mates. The two campaigns announced they are coordinating efforts in upcoming primary states in order to stop frontrunner Donald Trump.
The enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Via Fox News:
The presidential campaigns of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced late Sunday that they were coordinating their efforts in three upcoming primary states in an extraordinary attempt to prevent Republican front-runner Donald Trump from clinching the GOP nomination before this summer’s convention.
In a pair of simultaneously released statements, the campaigns announced that Kasich would pull out of Indiana to give Cruz “a clear path” ahead of that state’s winner-take-all primary May 3, while the Cruz campaign will “clear the path” for Kasich in Oregon, which votes May 17, and New Mexico, which votes June 7.
“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. “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 arrangement marks a sharp reversal for Cruz’s team, which aggressively opposed the idea of a coordinated anti-Trump effort as recently as late last week. Yet it underscores a bleak reality for the billionaire businessman’s Republican foes: Time is running out to stop him.
Trump responded on Twitter shortly before midnight Monday.
Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 25, 2016
A statement from the Trump campaign called the move “a horrible act of desperation from two campaigns who have horribly failed.”
“Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland,” Weaver added, “where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee.”
The announcement came less than 48 hours before voting begins across five Northeastern states where the New York billionaire is poised to add to his already overwhelming delegate lead. Trump campaigned Sunday in Maryland, which will vote on Tuesday along with Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Trump needs 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination. If he falls short, the national Republican gathering in July will evolve into a rare contested convention.
“Keeping Trump from winning a plurality in Indiana is critical to keeping him under 1,237 bound delegates before Cleveland,” Kasich’s campaign said Sunday. “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.”
Indiana will award 57 delegates to the winner of its primary. Oregon and New Mexico have 28 and 24 proportionately awarded delegates at stake, respectively.
We had just shared yesterday the latest Indiana poll, which suggested Cruz had a good shot at that state — if only Kasich would pull out. And so he does, though not quite in the way we expected.
This will, no doubt, upset Trump supporters as it did the candidate himself.
How about you Cruz supporters? (Not sure how many Kasich supporters we’ve got following.)
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]