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AirTalk election 2016: Previewing Tuesday primaries in five states, plus the Cruz-Kasich plan to defeat Trump

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks while campaigning at the Hagerstown airport in Hagerstown, Maryland.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks while campaigning at the Hagerstown airport in Hagerstown, Maryland.
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Five states along the Eastern seaboard hold primaries this week as the campaigns creep closer and closer to the conventions this summer.

Voters in Maryland, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Delaware will cast their ballots on Tuesday with some interesting storylines running in both parties.

For the Republicans, it’s the last-ditch effort to railroad Donald Trump from getting the delegates he needs to win the nomination. Over the weekend, the campaigns for Ted Cruz and John Kasich put together a plan to help one another win important upcoming states in the hopes that it will lead to a brokered convention.

Kasich’s campaign will dial back its efforts in Indiana so that Ted Cruz can win there, and in return Cruz will clear the way for Kasich in Oregon and New Mexico. Trump’s campaign responded with a statement saying it was “sad that two grown politicians have to collude against one person who has only been a politician for ten months in order to try and stop that person from getting the Republican nomination."

On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton’s campaign is beginning to look at the big picture and has started compiling a list of running mates for vetting. There’s no word on who might be on that list or if Clinton has any frontrunners in mind, but the campaign will undoubtedly be considering things like whether the country would be ready for an all-female ticket, and whether to tap a seasoned veteran with experience or a rising star in the hopes of exciting voters. 

Meanwhile, Bernie Sanders’ campaign is pushing for a bigger role in determining the Democratic party’s platform at the convention this summer in Philadelphia.


Matt Rodriguez, Democratic strategist and founder and chief executive officer of Rodriguez Strategies. He is also a former senior Obama advisor in 2008; he tweets from @RodStrategies

Lisa Camooso Miller, Republican strategist and partner at Blueprint Communications, public affairs firm based in D.C., Republican strategist; she tweets from @camoosomiller