Photo credit: Gage Skidmore
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore
Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Ohio Governor John Kasich have announced that their presidential campaigns are collaborating in order to deny Donald Trump further delegates. The Cruz campaign will pull resources in the Oregon and New Mexico Primaries in order to allow Kasich to better compete against Trump. The Kasich campaign will step aside in the Indiana Primary to give Cruz the best shot at beating Trump in the Hoosier state.

“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans.  Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation. 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.  In other states holding their elections for the remainder of the primary season, our campaign will continue to compete vigorously to win,” Jeff Roe, campaign manager for Cruz’s presidential campaign, said in a released statement.

“Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans – not even close, but he currently does have almost half the delegates because he’s benefited from the existing primary system. 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. We believe that will be John Kasich, who is the only candidate who can defeat Secretary Clinton and preserve our GOP majority in the Congress,” Kasich for Amreica’s Chief Strategist John Weaver said in a released statement. 

“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,” Weaver added. “In turn, we will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon, both areas that are structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well. We would expect independent third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns. We expect to compete with both the Trump and Cruz campaigns in the remaining primary states.”

Trump responded to the news on Twitter calling the move an act of desperation.

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