Cruz turns to GOP conference regulation to hold Kasich from nabbing nomination

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Source:   —  April 03, 2016, at 1:41 AM

Ted Cruz is making the case that GOP presidential rival John Kasich and his pesky campaign cannot win the party nomination unless he's top showings in eight states -- an argument that could assistance Cruz in the upcoming WI primary and the GOP White House race.

Cruz turns to GOP conference regulation to hold Kasich from nabbing nomination

Sen. Ted Cruz is making the case that GOP presidential rival John Kasich and his pesky campaign cannot win the party nomination unless he's top showings in eight states -- an argument that could assistance Cruz in the upcoming WI primary and the GOP White House race.

Cruz in recent interviews has repeatedly cited a Republican National Committee regulation that states candidates can be nominated only if they've won the total delegate majority in eight or more states, as reported first by The Washington Post.

The TX senator is trailing front-runner Donald Trump by two hundred seventy-three delegates with about half of the country’s caucus-primary contests remaining.

However, Cruz presently leads Trump in the Tuesday’s WI primary, according to most polls. But Kasich, the Gov of OH who's running a distant third in the GOP White House, could win sufficient votes to determine the primary and the all nominating process.

Kasich has won only one contest -- his home-state of OH and he's finished in second-place or tied for second in five others.

Trump has seven hundred thirty-six pledged delegates, followed by Cruz with four hundred sixty-three, then Kasich with one hundred forty-three -- with 1.237 needed to safe the nomination.

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The RNC wrote the regulation in two thousand-twelfth after then-Texas Rep. Ron Paul had nearly sufficient wins to at minimum complicate the nomination process for clear front-runner Mitt Romney.

Kasich is presently considered the only remaining candidate that the Republican establishment could attempt to assign in a contested convention.

Trump and Cruz have in portion made their campaigns an indictment of insider WA and are being called un-electable in a general-election race against Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton.

Cruz on Wednesday told conservative speak indicate host Hugh Hewitt: "It was the WA establishment that keep this regulation in place. So presently when the WA establishment candidates are losing, they wish to modify the rules to attempt to parachute in some candidate who hasn't earned the votes of the people. That's nothing brief of crazy."

Hewitt was following up on Cruz’s comments on a CNN “Town Hall” in which he said Kasich being on the ballot was “against the rules” and “If number one has 1.237 (delegates), you've to have won at minimum eight states."

Karl Rove, a senior Bush White House adviser, said Thursday on Hewitt’s indicate that Cruz has “misinterpreted” the so-called 40b rule.

Rove acknowledge the regulation was indeed written just before the two thousand twelve conference to hold Paul, who's just roughly five % of the vote, from getting a “full blown” nomination process.

He said the regulation states candidates must've that majority of delegates to have an official nominating speech and seconding speeches. However, they can get votes on the first ballot from the “pledged” delegates they won in caucuses and primaries.

Republican executive and others have also reportedly said new rules could be written before this year’s conference in July.

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