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Kasich Could Assure Trump's Victory

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By    |   Wednesday, 16 Mar 2016 07:34 PM

The really important results in the March 8th and March 15th Republican presidential primaries were in Michigan and in Illinois. These two hardened blue states show how John Kasich and Ted Cruz split the anti-Trump vote and allowed Donald Trump to walk away with a plurality that gives him most of the delegates.

In Michigan, Trump got 37 percent but won because Cruz got 25 percent and Kasich won 24 percent, bisecting the anti-Trump vote.

In Illinois Tuesday it was the same story. There, Trump got 38 percent while Cruz won 30 percent and Kasich got 20 percent.

It is almost impossible to see how Kasich can win a single state with Cruz in the race.

Cruz can win pink or purple states with Kasich in the race as long as he gets the Marco Rubio vote. Had Rubio’s people voted for Cruz, he would have won North Carolina and Missouri. But there is no guarantee that Rubio's people would go to Cruz rather than to Kasich.

And a viable, strong John Kasich cannot win any states. But he can throw them — one after the other — to Trump. Were Kasich out of the race, virtually all of his vote (and his portion of the ex-Rubio vote) would go to Cruz, assuring him of repeated victories over Trump.

Kasich's strategy is perfect for the Democratic Party's rules, which bar winner-take-all or winner-take-most primaries and require that all states vote on the basis of proportional representation. In such a universe, the more candidates that run the greater the chance that the vote will split and that nobody will win a majority.

But the Republican rules are different: Arizona, New Jersey, and a few other states are overtly winner-take-all. But most of the others are winner-take-most where the at-large delegates all go to the candidate getting a plurality and many of the congressional district delegates do too.

If Trump wins a plurality — with Kasich and Cruz splitting the vote — he walks off with the lion's share of the delegates. And the nomination.

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