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Eye On Candidates
April 25, 2016

Cruz and Kasich team up to stop Trump

After largely ignoring each other for most of the campaign, other than Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's recent calls for Ohio Gov. John Kasich to exit the race, the two remaining candidates who are not businessman Donald Trump have decided to team up, at least temporarily, to prevent the frontrunner from getting to the necessary 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican nomination. Bloomberg Politics reports:

Cruz, Kasich Camps Unveil Divide-and-Conquer Anti-Trump Strategy

In a move that may be too little too late, Donald Trump's two remaining opponents for the Republican presidential nomination, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, have cut a deal to play in certain states and avoid others in an effort to stop dividing the anti-Trump vote.

The agreement, which was announced Sunday night in nearly simultaneous statements from the campaigns of the Texas senator and Ohio governor, could feed into Trump's criticisms of the party's nominating process, which he's blasted as "rigged." The approach is one that 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney urged his party’s voters to adopt weeks ago....

John Weaver, Kasich's chief strategist, said in his statement that Indiana's May 3 primary is especially important in the effort to stop the billionaire from winning the nomination....

Weaver said Kasich would instead focus resources on Oregon and New Mexico, which hold their respective primaries on May 17 and June 7. "We would expect independent, third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns," he said.

Whether this is too little, too late remains to be seen. But if it works, it raises an interesting question - might the Cruz/Kasich cooperation continue through the convention? Based on this, a ticket with these two candidates might just be what emerges from Cleveland.