April 25, 2016
Kasich and Cruz Working Together to Stop Trump
Republican presidential hopefuls John Kasich and Ted Cruz have announced that their campaigns will work together to foil Donald Trumps attempt at reaching the Republican nomination. Kasich and Cruz will swap states and give each other a clear path to those delegates in Oregon, Ne Mexico, and Indiana. They are hoping that this strategy will deprive trump of the needed 1,273 delegates that would guarantee his nomination as Republican presidential candidate. If successful, the strategy will result in an open convention in Ohio in July.
April 21, 2016
The Conventions and Nominations
-Both parties are private organizations and thus can hold their conventions any way they please. They are not government entities and are therefore not beholden to the people.
-A convention may be contested at any time, if no candidate won the requisite number of delegates in the primary election. Even if a candidate wins a slight majority, this means nothing unless they win the needed majority of pledged delegates (2,383 for Democrats, 1,273 for Republicans).
-The Republican convention will be held in Cleveland July 18-21. It is expected to be a contested convention for the first time since 1976.
-The Democratic convention will be held Philadelphia July 25-28. It too, may be a contested convention if neither candidate reaches the needed delegates.