Lots of chatter about this.
One problem is that May 9th is the Texas ballot deadline. And Texas, as Carlos pointed out, has a sore-loser law that will keep Cruz off the ballot.
But realistically, any third party “True Republican” run will know that it’s a kamikaze mission aimed at stopping Drumpf rather than winning the election. So who cares about Texas? The point would be to trip up the Donald in N.C., Georgia, Arizona, Missouri and other potential swing states, not to mention the old battlefields from ‘08 and ‘12. Texas won’t matter, and Cruz won’t headline it unless he believes that doing so will have no impact on his inevitable re-run at the top job in ‘20 or ‘24.
Of course, the above raises a question: why would the True Republicans want to sabotage Drumpf’s chances? (By the way, if he wins in November, I will go back to his preferred spelling out of respect for the office. God help us all.) Well, I am in San Diego at one of my periodic gab-fests overfilled with prominent people who fund and vote for GOP candidates. Consider the stylized conversations I have been having:
THEM: Trump would be a walking scandal. Whether a bad appointment, a violation of federal law, or outright corruption, impeachment is certain. And even with the party on the right side, that would destroy our brand. (Two separate people told me this!)
ME: Well, actually, the first crisis would be the arrival of tens of thousands of Central American refugees around February ‘17, once Mexico stops trying to stop them on our behalf.
THEM: Oh Sweet Mary mother of God. (OK, no, nobody said that. But they did say ...) We have to keep him away from the Oval Office.
In other words, a spoiler movement would be most welcome.
Of course, they have not given up trying to stop Drumpf, as even Mitt Romney called for tactical voting in his speech yesterday. Although Rubio does not seem yet to be cooperating.