Cruz: 'It is very significant Kasich is pulling out of Indiana'
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Republican presidential candidate Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP clears key hurdle on Barrett's Supreme Court nomination, setting up Monday confirmation Texas and North Carolina: Democrats on the verge? Senate GOP to drop documentary series days before election hitting China, Democrats over coronavirus MORE on Monday said that his alliance with fellow candidate John Kasich would force a game-changer against party front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump admin to announce coronavirus vaccine will be covered under Medicare, Medicaid: report Election officials say they're getting suspicious emails that may be part of malicious attack on voting: report McConnell tees up Trump judicial pick following Supreme Court vote MORE in Indiana.

“It is very significant Kasich is pulling out of Indiana,” he said of next week’s GOP presidential primary there on “The Laura Ingraham Show.”

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“This is a nationwide campaign, and we are making a decision on where to focus our time and energy. The object has always been to nominate the strongest candidate to defeat [Democratic presidential front-runner] Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHouse Judiciary Republicans mockingly tweet 'Happy Birthday' to Hillary Clinton after Barrett confirmation Hillary Clinton tweets 'vote them out' after Senate GOP confirm Barrett CNN: Kayleigh McEnany praised Biden as 'man of the people' in 2015 MORE in November.”

Cruz and Kasich on late Sunday announced a joint effort for denying Trump the GOP presidential nomination.

The pair is coordinating on strategies for keeping Trump away from the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, which would force a contested Republican National Convention in July.

Kasich is clearing a path for Cruz during next week’s GOP presidential primary in Indiana, while Cruz is making room in upcoming voting contests in Oregon and New Mexico.

Cruz on Monday said that a contested convention in Cleveland would mark the end of the line for Trump’s campaign.

“We are heading into a contested convention,” he said. "Nobody is going to get to 1,237 [delegates].

“When we get to Cleveland, I’m going to have a lot of delegates and Donald Trump is going to have a lot of delegates, and it’s going to be a battle. I think Republicans want to unite behind a positive, forward-thinking conservative campaign.”

Trump on Monday called Cruz and Kasich’s alliance against him “collusion” and a “horrible act of desperation.”

He leads both men by just over 6 points in Indiana before ballots are cast on May 3, according to the latest RealClearPolitics average of polls.

Trump also has a 12-point lead over Cruz and Kasich nationwide in the latest RealClearPolitics average of samplings.

The billionare commands 845 delegates to Cruz's 559 and Kasich's 148. At least 1,237 delegates are necessary for avoiding a contested convetion.