Will Cruz and Kasich's Last-Ditch Effort to #StopTrump Work?

Trump represents many values and ideas that Cruz and Kasich do not agree with ... and they intend to stop him. (Michael Vadon / Flickr)

In a last-ditch effort, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich are joining forces to #StopTrump.

Both of their presidential campaigns announced Sunday night that it's crucial to keep the GOP aligned to slow Trump's roll and keep him from the nomination.

Trump, for obvious reasons, does not approve of this collusion, and it's adding fuel to his platform that Washington is rigged.

So, can this strategy work or will Trump still be the big winner? Here's the rundown:

Where do the three candidates stand in the race right now?

The Republican Party requires a candidate to win 1,237 of the 2,472 delegates in order to secure the nomination. Trump is clearly winning. Because there are only 733 delegates left, Cruz and Kasich have essentially been defeated.

Because Cruz and Kasich were trailing, Trump called on them to drop out. They responded with a very different plan.

What's the plan?

Cruz and Kasich are utilizing a divide-and-conquer plan that they have been reportedly putting together for weeks. Cruz will be focusing his attention and resources on Indiana, while Kasich will focus his efforts on Oregon and New Mexico. Cruz has dropped out of the race in Oregon and New Mexico, while Kasich has done the same in Indiana.

This plan makes a lot of financial sense for both of Trump's contenders -- especially for Kasich, who has the lowest funds of the three candidates.

What are the reactions?

Well, Trump is not happy.

Others, including Republicans, aren't pleased either.

But there are also many -- again including Republicans -- who don't support Trump and will do anything to keep him from the nomination.

Can this work?

Whether this will work mostly depends on the will of voters.

If Cruz and Kasich are right in their assumption that most Republicans don't want Trump to win the nomination, and that he is just benefiting from delegate systems, then it could work.

But, there also is a very strong support base for Trump, and voter turnout for the 2016 primaries are up 40 percent since 2012.

What happens next?

There are 21 states, and 733 delegates left. Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island will all be voting tomorrow. Also, some really big states like California and New Jersey won't be voting until June 7. It definitely remains to be seen whether Cruz and Kasich can keep Trump's delegate count under the necessary 1,237, but as it stands it seems like a bit of a long shot.

This article was written by Alison Hollender and originally appeared on Kicker. Kicker explains the most important, compelling things going on in the world and empowers you to get in the know, make up your own mind, and take action. For more, check out the Kicker site, like their Facebook page, or subscribe to their email newsletter.