- Trump slams rivals over pact to stop him
- Republican nomination system ‘rigged’
- Cruz-Kasich deal ‘too late’
Donald Trump has described called the Republican primary system as being “rigged”. It came as he lambasted his rivals Ted Cruz and John Kasich for forming a pact to try and stop him from securing the 1,237 delegates he needs to win the Republican nomination outright.
“Because of me, everyone now sees that the Republican primary system is totally rigged and broken, “ he told supporters. “When two candidates who have no path to victory, they have no path, they are mathematically out, they ought to quit so can all get together, we can all unify and we can all go against crooked Hillary Clinton and beat her really, really beat her bigly.”
Trump’s comments came as he campaigned for today’s five primaries; Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
If Cruz and Kasich can win more delegates, making Trump fall short of the number he needs for an outright win then the Republican nomination convention in July will be contested and force Republicans to consider his two rivals. It is a ploy many establishment figures in the party support.
However political expert Terry Madonna, who is Director of Franklin & Marshall College Poll thinks the Cruz-Kasich alliance has come too late.
“I understand the tactic behind it but I just think it feeds the Trump narrative that this is just the establishment, the party leaders, the people who can’t possibly be nominated on the first ballot, ‘They’re just trying to stop me (Trump)’.” – Terry Madonna.
Cruz and Kasich are expected to get a drubbing in today’s five state primaries in the US northeast.
But afterwards Cruz is to cut campaigning in the Oregon and New Mexico contests and Kasich will give Cruz a “clear path” in Indiana.
Donald Trump – 845
Ted Cruz – 559
John Kasich – 147
In the five states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island there are a total of 172 delegates at stake.
Later on May 3, Indiana will be the next big battleground with 57 delegates up for grabs.
In the Democratic race, former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton is looking to tighten her grip on the nomination after her big New York win, but Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says he is still in contention.