FRANKLIN, Indiana (AP) — The political world is waiting to see if Republican presidential candidates Ted Cruz and John Kasich’s alliance against Donald Trump proves brilliant or desperate.
Some voters in the three states most affected are applauding the move and others are panning it. But many are struggling to understand what, if anything, it will mean for them.
Kasich says he won’t compete in Indiana, where Cruz is boasting he’s “all-in.” Cruz says he will cede contests in Oregon and New Mexico to Kasich.
Both candidates hope the agreement will keep Trump from winning the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the GOP presidential nomination at the party’s national convention in Cleveland in July.
Trump is blasting the deal as collusion while also gleefully saying it shows how weak Cruz and Kasich really are.