By The Staff | The Save Jersey Blog
When Marco Rubio told his supporters to strategically back John Kasich in Ohio back in March, Save Jerseyans, the Kasich campaign shrugged off the assist.
Things have changed now that May is approaching and Donald Trump is riding a strong finish in the New York primary. Ahead of Indiana’s tight upcoming winner-take-all contest, the Ohio Governor’s campaign strategist John Weaver issued a proclamation of sorts on Sunday night announcing it would back off of Indiana to clear a path for Cruz.
“Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans – not even close, but he currently does have almost half the delegates because he’s benefited from the existing primary system,” the statement read. “Our goal is to have an open convention in Cleveland, where we are confident a candidate capable of uniting the Party and winning in November will emerge as the nominee. We believe that will be John Kasich, who is the only candidate who can defeat Secretary Clinton and preserve our GOP majority in the Congress.”
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 1237 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.
In turn, we will focus our time and resources in New Mexico and Oregon, both areas that are structurally similar to the Northeast politically, where Gov. Kasich is performing well. We would expect independent third-party groups to do the same and honor the commitments made by the Cruz and Kasich campaigns.
We expect to compete with both the Trump and Cruz campaigns in the remaining primary states.”