Ohio Gov. John Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz have formed a strategic alliance aimed at denying front-runner Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination, their campaigns announced late Sunday.
Cruz will focus on Indiana, where he hopes to win a May 3 primary.
Kasich will cede the state to Cruz in exchange for a free pass against Trump in Oregon’s May 17 primary and New Mexico’s June 7 contest.
The announcement is a major development in what has been a bitter fight for the anti-Trump vote. GOP establishment leaders worry about Trump’s bluster, his xenophobic comments and his all-around unorthodox brand of politics.