Kasich rallies in Rockville after announcing alliance with Cruz campaign

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ROCKVILLE, MD - Maryland voters will hit the polls Tuesday to choose their party’s nominee for president. Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island will also hold primary elections.

Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich campaigned in Rockville Monday afternoon.

Kasich spoke after announcing plans for a Kasich-Cruz alliance late Sunday night. Their goal is to battle Donald Trump in these upcoming primaries.

Many of the voters at the town hall in Rockville say they’re all for it.

“I’m not going to take a low road to the highest office in the land. I said it all along, and I’m not changing, that’s it,” said Kasich to community members Monday.

And Kasich hopes a contested convention is on the way. Part of that, is joining forces with Ted Cruz to stop Donald Trump from getting the needed 1,237 delegates for the nomination.

“I’m not going to tell anybody how to vote. But this is a matter of resources, we're running a national campaign and we want to apply our resources where they can be use most effectively,” said Kasich to a group of reporters Monday morning.

The Cruz and Kasich campaigns will split their focus on certain upcoming state races.

Cruz will focus on Indiana, while Kasich will spend the bulk of his time in New Mexico and Oregon.

"We decided to allocate our time and energy and resources on the state of Indiana. Governor Kasich decided to allocate his resources elsewhere. I think that made sense from both campaigns,” said Sen. Ted Cruz.

The polls indicate Cruz could borrow enough votes from Kasich to deny Trump a victory in Indiana, siphoning delegates away from the real estate tycoon.

Donald Trump , the GOP front runner, accused Cruz and Kasich of being divorced from reality.

"It shows that they're just getting killed,” he said at a campaign trail stop in Rhode Island Monday.

"You know if you collude in business or if you collude in the stock market, they put you in jail. But in politics, because it's a rigged system, because it's a corrupt enterprise, it shows how weak they are. It shows how pathetic they are,” said the New York businessman.

But some voters in Rockville like the idea.

“I’m an anyone but Trump candidate, and Kasich is the best alternative,” said Josh Lash, a first-time voter.

“I’m tired of the three-ring circus. I’m tired of the orange guy with the hair. Donald Trump hijacked the entire thing for 9 months, and I’m glad now that we can finally get to some serious issues,” said voter Lilly Flynn.

“I think it’s good to do anything they can to try to fight so that the GOP party doesn’t have a candidate that doesn’t represent the true colors of what a true Republican really is,” said high school senior Avinash Madala.

Recent Maryland polls show give Donald Trump the lead among GOP voters, with Kasich coming in second.

Find out more about Tuesday’s primary election in Maryland, including polling locations and ballots, here.

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