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Cruz-Kasich unite against Trump, but not in Washington state

In this March 10, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens, during a Republican presidential debate.
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In this March 10, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens, during a Republican presidential debate.

Governor John Kasich and Senator Ted Cruz have joined forces to try and stop Donald Trump, sort of. 

They've struck a deal to not compete in three states: Kasich will not campaign in Indiana and Cruz will not campaign in New Mexico or Oregon. But the truce ends at the Washington state line.

Saul Gamoran, state chairman for the Cruz campaign: "We're competing with both Trump and Kasich here in Washington and we're competing hard every day and hoping to achieve a good result in the primary."

But Kasich's camp says the Pacific Northwest is good for their candidate.

Mike Schrimpf, communications director: "We think we can pick up a number of delegates in Washington and finish strong as we move towards Cleveland."

Both candidates need to stop Trump from getting the 1,237 delegates it takes to win at the GOP convention this summer. 

If Trump doesn't hit that magic number Republicans could see a brokered convention, and that's the only way either Kasich or Cruz can win.

Washington state's Republican primary is in May.  

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