As if this election weren’t interesting enough, Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced a strategic alliance against front-runner Donald Trump.
Their goal? To stop Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the Republican nomination.
“Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans,” Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said in a statement announcing the alliance. “Not only would Trump get blown out by [Hillary] Clinton or [Bernie] Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation.”
Cruz and Kasich are still competing for the GOP nomination, but perhaps more so in the spirit of divide-and-conquer the Donald. The Cruz campaign will focus on Indiana ahead of its May 3 primary while Kasich steps back to campaign in Oregon and New Mexico, whose primaries are May 17 and June 7, respectively.
“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.