So finally the Stop Trump movement has come up with a concrete strategy with Ted Cruz and John Kasich agreeing to not campaign in states in which the other has a chance of beating Donald Trump.
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.
Trump is the only candidate who can realistically get a first-ballot victory — there’s no mathematical path for Cruz or Kasich to clinch the nomination heading into the convention. The billionaire is poised for a strong performance Tuesday, when Republicans in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut and Rhode Island head to the polls.
Needless to say Trump is not happy and his supporters will see this as just one more sign of how the party establishment is trying to thwart the ‘will of the people’. Trump issued two tweets in response.
“Wow, just announced that Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination. DESPERATION!”
“Lyin’ Ted and Kasich are mathematically dead and totally desperate. Their donors & special interest groups are not happy with them. Sad!”
If this last-ditch effort fails, it will become even harder to deny Trump the nomination at the convention, even if he does not have an absolute majority.