When the news came down that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich were teaming up to prevent a possible Donald Trump victory at the Republican National Convention, establishment figures applauded the decision. Trump, however, was not pleased.

Cruz and Kasich team up

With Cruz sitting on 559 delegates, and Kasich having only 148 to his name, both candidates are mathematically eliminated from clinching the GOP nomination before the convention in Cleveland, Ohio this July.

Knowing this, Cruz and Kasich decided that they could join together, with each one backing out of states where they are unpopular, giving the other candidate a better chance at victory. When The Hill reported the story on April 25, Kasich's chief strategist John Weaver made it clear what was being done.

"Donald Trump doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans...not even close," Weaver said, but acknowledged, "He currently does have almost half the delegates because he’s benefited from the existing primary system." The plan now is for Cruz to pull out of Oregon and New Mexico, while Kasich will back down in Indiana. Upon hearing the news, the billionaire real estate mogul made his thoughts very clear.

Trump on Cruz-Kasich team

Taking to his official Facebook and Twitter accounts, the former host of "The Apprentice" ripped into his two primary opponents. "Wow, just announced that Lyin' Ted and Kasich are going to collude in order to keep me from getting the Republican nomination," Trump said, stating, "DESPERATION!" The outspoken front runner continued his verbal assault, calling Cruz and Kasich "mathematically dead" and "sad."

Trump has been feuding with Cruz for sometime, but has often backed off Kasich since the governor of Ohio has been so far back in the polls and the delegate count. Now that the two have come together, it's expected that Trump will amp up his attack on both candidates.

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Primary status

While Trump is currently the odds on favorite to become the nominee with 845 delegates, nothing is a lock. If Cruz and Kasich are successful, a brokered convention could enable the party to push Trump aside if enough delegates can come together and decide on one united candidate.

Regardless of whether it's Trump, Cruz, or Kasich, each candidate has struggled in hypothetical general election polls against Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

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