Donald Trump’s dominant performance on Super Tuesday, which included victories in seven of 11 states, has prompted a swift and sudden shift in strategy among anti-Trump forces within the Republican Party. Rather than narrow the field, many now believe the only way to stop him is for the current candidates to stay in, deny Trump the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, and force a contested convention in July.
“Many people had hoped one Trump alternative would emerge from Super Tuesday, and that simply did not happen. It's clear that the anti-Trump contingent is more fractured than ever,” said Ryan Williams, a Republican strategist who served as spokesperson to 2012 nominee Mitt Romney. “There’s very little time left and it seems the attention has shifted toward an effort to stop him at the convention. ... It looks increasingly difficult to stop him before the convention.”