Donald Trump once again steamrolled over his rivals in a clean sweep of all five states in the Tuesday 26th primary, virtually assuring his coronation as the Republican nominee for President. “I consider myself the presumptive nominee,” the billionaire crowed. “I’ll beat Hillary very easily.” Trump won impressively, shutting down the “Never-Trump” movement which has attempted to block him from receiving the required delegates, but clearly not succeeded.
Calling himself a “unifier who unifies people”, Trump took shots at Hillary, saying that women did not like her and that he would do more for women that she would. “She does not have the strength or stamina to deal with China or other issues,” he asserted. He claimed she would make a “horrible” president, and encouraged Bernie Sanders to run as an Independent.
As the Republican race for president continues to make it’s way across America, voters are excited to see the finishing line approaching in the primary season. Though Ted Cruz has been able to shake up the Trump camp by picking up delegates with slick maneuvers, the Tuesday primary put a huge dent in those plans. Cruz had to make do with slamming Trump and claiming that Clinton had “made Trump her vice president.”
Recently Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced their efforts to join forces and work together on the common goal to prevent Donald Trump from obtaining the necessary 1237 delegates needed to secure the Republican Presidential Nomination. But many are criticizing this last ditch effort, and quite frankly questioning the move, wondering if the collusion is a doomed strategy to begin with. As the states offering majority delegates continue to dwindle away, Cruz and Kasich are beginning to feel the pressure and know that time is of the essence. So how do they plan on keeping Trump out of the nomination?
By splitting their efforts in the remaining primary states. Ted Cruz’s campaign manager stated, “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.”
Kasich has not stood by in the dark on this move either, breaking the news to his supporters within hours of Cruz announcing his own strategy. Kasich’s executive campaign manager stated, “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.”
While many see this move as an unprecedented effort to stop Trump’s momentum, are the two contenders helping or hurting their camps by joining forces? Splitting efforts and spending on the campaign trail certainly has its benefit, but are the voters clear on who to vote for with this new strategy? Will the change result in fewer voters turning up to support their personal favorite? And can we expect to see any impact with this new alliance?
Trump’s “Presidential” Persona
Trump also realized that his campaign strategy needed a change, and he is feeling the impact of his actions just as much as his counterparts. With observers hoping for a new “Presidential Persona”, Trump has tried to cool down on his normal long-winded, robust, and often times controversial speeches and rhetoric. After an “easy” win in New York, he only addressed the press with a record breaking 8 minute speech, and seemed to have a softer vocabulary.
However, the usual bellicose, name-calling Trump was back on prime time Tuesday night, asserting that he would not change as his supporters were begging him to stay the same. It seems he has decided to take their advice, and, as the race continues, we are sure to hear more controversy form the Trump camp.
These are the current delegate counts for the Republican candidates.