Ted Cruz And John Kasich Join Forces To Block Donald Trump From Winning The Republican Nomination

In a plot twist laden with the kind of intrigue folks might expect from an episode of Game of Thrones, Donald Trump's two biggest foes appear to have finally joined forces in an attempt to block the billionaire candidate from winning the Republican nomination. In separate announcements on Sunday night, the Cruz and Kasich campaigns announced a collaborative effort to defeat Trump in the remaining state primary elections, effectively preventing him from reaching 1,237 delegates before the Republican National Convention in July.

As noted by Politico, Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe laid out part of the strategy in a statement. Roe also appeared to signal like-minded individuals – ostensibly those who supported other candidates who have since dropped out of contention – to join in the effort to stop Donald Trump.

"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."
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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz greets supporters while campaigning at the Weinberg Theater April 21, 2016 in Frederick, Maryland. Cruz has remained a tough rival for Donald Trump despite Trump's repeated accusations that the Texas senator is a liar and a cheater. [Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images]CNN reported that staff from John Kasich's campaign issued a communiqué of their own on the matter. The two statements were released within minutes of each other.
"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 1,237 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."
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Republican presidential candidate John Kasich holds a packed campaign town hall meeting in the ballroom at a Crowne Plaza hotel April 19, 2016 in Annapolis, MD. Voters are going to the polls in the New York primary election today where Kasich and his fellow candidate Ted Cruz are hoping to keep their rival for the nomination Donald Trump from winning all 95 of that state's delegates. [Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images]As for Donald Trump himself, he followed up with scathing tweets directed at both of his rivals, blasting them as "mathematically dead" and "totally desperate."The new gesture of unity between Donald Trump's remaining Republican rivals suggests that the "Anybody But Trump" movement – known on social media by the hashtag #NeverTrump – is finally coalescing. The effort to derail Trump's momentum has attracted prominent Republican's like former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John Sununu, and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is also part of the aforementioned effort, although he has publicly stated that he would not accept a nomination to run as the GOP nominee in place of Trump.

As previously reported by Inquisitr, a formidable contingent of Republicans met in March and agreed to launch a 100-day campaign to knock Trump out of contention for the nomination. More recently, a Mississippi delegate suggested that the Republican Party's spring retreat included strategy sessions on how to handle a contested convention in the event that Donald Trump cannot win the required number of delegates after the first vote.

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