John Kasich's Campaign Frustrated With Stop-Trump Movement

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 10:11 PM

John Kasich, one of three remaining candidates in the Republican presidential primary, is growing frustrated by a stop-Donald Trump effort that in their view has become more pro-Ted Cruz than anti-Trump.

John Kasich's Campaign Frustrated With Stop-Trump Movement

The campaign of OH Gov. John Kasich, one of three remaining candidates in the Republican presidential primary, is growing frustrated by a stop-Donald Trump effort that in their view has become more pro-Ted Cruz than anti-Trump.

Kasich'south team insinuates that the stop-Trump effort is ignoring the delegate-rich state of NY because Cruz is polling in third place. They're also concerned that anti-Trump efforts won't enter Pennsylvania, either, another state where Kasich is also in second place.

Kasich'south chief strategist, John Weaver, tweeted his frustration.

Two anti-Trump groups, which are also the best funded - Our Principles PAC and Club for Growth - have indicated that they'll stay out of New York. Club for Growth has endorsed Cruz. Our Principles PAC has not.

Another group, the Never Trump PAC, has launched a $100.000 digital campaign in Manhattan opposing Trump. And a fourth, Create America Awesome PAC, released a sixty second radio ad in Western NY ahead of the primary, which takes space following Tuesday. While the radio spot hammers Trump, including for saying he'd "perhaps" date his daughter Ivanka if she weren't his daughter, the narrator in the ad also encourages voters to back Cruz.

"Trump. Dumb stuff," the narrator says. "Make the bright choice and support Ted Cruz."

The Kasich campaign said that without the stop-Trump effort, Trump could sweep the state, winning all ninety-five delegates and giving him a enormous boost emotional into the final weeks of the nominating contest.

In a statement to NBC News, Kasich spokesperson Chris Schrimpf said, "If the Never Trump movement was serious, they'd be going all out to hold Trump under fifty % in NY and to weaken him across the April twenty-six states in the Northeast where Gov. Kasich is running a powerful second. Their failure to act is inexplicable."

Trump is polling above fifty % in New York, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Str Journal/Marist poll released Monday, showing his lead with fifty-four % to Kasich's twenty-one % and Cruz's eighteen percent.

The fifty % threshold is critical. If Trump wins a majority of votes in the state and in each Congressional district, he wins every delegate.

But the organizations designed to disrupt Trump'south path to the nomination declare they wish to spend their money where they'll have the most impact.

Our Principles PAC adviser Tim Miller wrote off NY in an appearance on MSNBC Tuesday.

"We necessity to figure out where's the best bang for our buck," he said, noting how expensive the media market in NY is to purchase advertising.

He also well-known that NY is Trump'south residence state. "Trump is going to win NY handily," he added.

Club for Growth, the other organization that's spent more than $10 million to beat Trump, said they "may not do an extensive play in New York, but are looking tough at Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Indiana. We go where we think we can have the best impact."

Kasich has number chance of winning an impossible one hundred thirty-eight % of remaining delegates to reach one thousand two hundred thirty-seven ahead of the Republican conference in Cleveland this summer. Cruz, meanwhile, is two hundred twenty-one delegates behind Trump.

Kasich'south campaign, meanwhile, isn't going after Trump, either, in New York. He's the only Republican candidate running advertisements in NY and his ad attacks Cruz, and not Trump.

"In Iowa, Ted Cruz sneered at NY values," the narrator in the ad says. "Ted Cruz divides to obtain a vote."

When asked why they aren't attacking Trump in New York, Schrimpf said, "Why did the Club for Growth spend $1 million attacking Gov. Kasich in WI instead of Trump?"

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