As the night came to a close on Sunday, the news cycle was mostly quiet until the story broke that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were forming a team. The two Republican candidates, knowing their individual chances at becoming the party's nominee is fading, formed an alliance to prevent front runner Donald Trump from winning the nomination.

Cruz and Kasich join together

With neither candidate having enough delegates to secure the nomination before the Republican National Convention in July, party establishment leaders are having their wish come true. The Cruz campaign has agreed to pullout of Oregon and New Mexico, and the Kasich campaign will drop out of Indiana, all on the hope that each candidate can thrive in those states in a one-on-one battle against the billionaire real estate mogul.

Kasich's chief strategist John Weaver explained in a statement, "Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans...not even close, but he currently does have almost half the delegates because he’s benefited from the existing primary system."

Trump fires back

Just minutes after the news became public knowledge, Trump responded in typical fashion, taking to his Twitter and Facebook accounts to voice his frustration. "Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination.

DESPERATION!" Trump tweeted, to which he would continue and call the two candidates "sad." Trump didn't hold back during a April 25 rally in Rhode Island.

"Did you see him (Kasich)?," Trump asked a crowd of supporters. "He has a news conference, all the time when he's eating. I have never seen a human being eat in such a disgusting fashion," Trump continued while ridiculing the governor of Ohio.

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"I'm always telling my young son Baron, always with my kids, all of them, I say, 'Children, small little bites," the former host of "The Apprentice" said of his parenting skills. Going back to Kasich's eating habits, Trump told the crowd, "This guy takes a pancake and he's shoving it in his mouth. It's disgusting." Trump went on to give Kasich with a new nickname, "One for 41," in reference to only winning one primary over the course of the entire election.

Not holding back against "Lyin" Ted Cruz, Trump went on to refer to the senator from the Lone Star State as a "pain in the a**," for his recent actions on the campaign trail.

Primary status

Sitting comfortably with 845 delegates, Trump is poised to walk out of the convention in Cleveland this summer as the party's nominee. While Cruz and Kasich's anti-Trump team could delay the process, it appears the two joined forces too late. Despite the battle in the GOP primary, all three candidates are expected to struggle in a general election against the winner of the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders.

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