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    Cruz courted Rubio heavily for unity ticket: report

    May 09, 2016, 08:05 pm
    Cruz courted Rubio heavily for unity ticket: report

    By Lisa Hagen

    Ted Cruz heavily courted Marco Rubio for a unity ticket in an effort to Donald Trump from clinching the nomination, according to CNN.

    Back in March, the Texas senator was reportedly weighing the possibility of teaming up with Rubio and conducted polling about how the duo would fare in future primary contests. The Florida senator said he wasn’t interested and Cruz later dismissed reports he was considering such a ticket.

    But now, sources close to both campaigns have told CNN the results of the polling and delved into the reasons why Rubio was hesitant to jump on board.Sources close to Cruz said the Texas senator’s campaign surveyed three March 15 contests — in Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina — as well as later primaries in Arizona and Wisconsin.

    The source defined the results as “blowout” and said the polls found Trump, now the presumptive GOP nominee, losing by 30 points.

    Cruz, however, had difficulty contacting Rubio to discuss the plan.

    "He went off the grid," a source close to Cruz told CNN.

    But a source close to Rubio told the network there was no formal offer from Cruz’s camp and reiterated that the Florida senator wasn’t interested in a unity ticket.

    The source said Rubio cautioned that having two U.S. senators on one ticket would play into Trump’s anti-Washington hand, while other sources said the Florida senator thought that Cruz should choose his running mate at the GOP convention and not during primary season.

    Sources close to John Kasich said the Ohio governor also attempted to get Rubio on the ballot with him, but Kasich’s campaign never conducted any polling.

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