What does the Cruz-Kasich pact do to the New Mexico primary?

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FILE - In this April 5, 2016 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, waves during a primary night campaign event in Milwaukee. While the focus of the Republican presidential campaign shifts eastward to the New York primary, Cruz is pivoting west, where he is quietly trying to chip away at Donald Trump’s lead in the race for convention delegates. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – What kind of impact does the Cruz-Kasich pact have on New Mexico’s primary?

Not much, according to UNM Political Science Professor Gabe Sanchez. He says the most recent poll involving New Mexico was the Albuquerque Journal poll from February which had Kasich dead last including among candidates who have already dropped out of the race.

Sanchez says Cruz really gets more of a benefit from the pact than Kasich, saying the move is more about Indiana and not New Mexico.

“So I think the strategy is largely to allow Cruz to hopefully take Indiana to basically make a path for Trump that much more difficult so it’s really speculating more about Indiana than what might this mean for New Mexico,” said Sanchez.

So what about Trump? Does he have a shot here? Sanchez believes he does and with Cruz saying he won’t campaign in the state, it could open up an opportunity for the New York businessman.

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