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Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has somehow made it to the final three round of this endless GOP primary despite his lack of name recognition and insider status in an election that has favored outsiders. While Sen. Ted Cruz is the one racking up endorsements from Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Jeb Bush, conservative political advocacy group Club for Growth and even Sen. Lindsey Graham, who once cracked that you could shoot Cruz in the Senate and "nobody would convict you," Kasich has surprising potential when it comes to 1) keeping delegates from Trump and 2) winning a general election.
Here, he beats Hillary Clinton in three general election polls, via RealClearPolitics:
He's also giving Trump a run for his money in Pennsylvania:
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Sen. Marco Rubio may be out of the race, but he appears to be quietly involved in efforts to keep delegates from Trump.
Around the same time he asked for his name to be taken off the ballot in California (where coincidentally, Cruz is breathing down Trump's neck when it comes to likely primary voters), Rubio reportedly took steps to make sure that his Alaska delegates stayed bound to him instead of going to Trump.
The Washington Examiner reported:
Rubio won 167 delegates as a presidential candidate, and dozens of them will be required to back him on the first ballot of the Republican National Convention, though the rules vary state-by-state. By working to retain his delegates, Rubio is shrinking the pool of "free agents" who could help Trump clinch the nomination on the first ballot.
If Trump fails to win a majority on the first ballot, then he's liable to suffer the most defections of any candidate when delegates vote on successive ballots.
If Rubio had not lodged the request, then Trump and Cruz would have received an equal number of delegates in Alaska. Instead, the state party's apportionment rules meant that Trump lost three delegates and Cruz lost two, which gave the Texas senator a 13-12 lead among Alaska delegates.
Washington Examiner: Rubio still working to stop Trump at contested convention
A few more bites:
"There are fewer winner-take-all states left and there's no saying Cruz could win those in a one-on-one matchup against Trump. In moderate states coming up — and where delegates are allocated — to deny Trump his 1,237 delegates, the party has to reverse its mantra: A vote for Cruz is a vote for Trump." - Bloomberg View columnist Margaret Carlson, via the Chicago Tribune
“She had a pen in her hand. It could have been a knife. It might have been dangerous.” - Trump changes his tune on the Michelle Fields story after the reporter files battery changes against his top campaign aide, via The Hill