Republicans and supporters of Senator Ted Cruz are calling on John Kasich to drop out of the presidential race so voters can stand behind only one of two contenders: Cruz or Trump.
During a town hall meeting in Milwaukee, Kasich – the candidate with the least number of votes in the ongoing primaries – said that Donald Trump will certainly win if he drops out of the race in the upcoming primaries in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
John Kasich added that he does not believe that Senator Cruz can win the next primaries and noted his own wins in most states such as Vermont, placing second in Massachusetts, and winning in Ohio, his home state.
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 20, 2016
The calls for John Kasich to step down from his White House ambitions have been ignored by the governor, as he still campaigned in Wisconsin on Wednesday. This is where the next Republican primary will take place on April 5.
The governor of Ohio got a few votes in Arizona and also lost in Utah. Former 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush is also rallying behind Cruz.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 24, 2016
But Kasich continues to point out that, in the latest Quinnipiac poll, he is beating Hillary Clinton by eight points. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have trailed behind Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. This follows the other polls showing that John Kasich is the GOP candidate most wanted by voters.
He is also positive about the convention this July, saying that there won’t be a candidate with enough delegates to be the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential race. Mathematically, there won’t be enough delegates for John Kasich, but he hopes that Donald Trump will arrive in Cleveland lacking delegates for a first-ballot nomination. This will give him a shot to appeal to be the nominee for the Republicans in the July convention.
Updated RCP averages w/ all five new national polls show John Kasich is the only one who can stop a Clinton victory. pic.twitter.com/vePKkuVAi8
— Team Kasich (@TeamJohnKasich) March 23, 2016
John Kasich also talked about his campaign possibly being hurt by Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney’s lack of support. He decidedly laughed it off by pointing out that they all have their opinions and so does he. The former Florida governor called Senator Ted Cruz a consistent, principled conservative “who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests.”
— FOX 4 NEWS (@FOX4) March 23, 2016
Voters are now worrying that a divided Republican Party will eventually lead to Donald Trump winning the elections.
In a recent statement released by Senator Ted Cruz, he said that if the presidential race came down to himself and Donald Trump, he feels very confident that he would get the required 1,237 delegates. He called the Ohio governor a complicating factor in the entire campaign.
In essence, the strategy that John Kasich is going for is to win votes based on what his strategic adviser, Charlie Black, is leading on. The governor will now strongly rely on the moderate Republicans dominating most of the remaining states. Most of the supporters of Ted Cruz are said to be very conservative and do not dominate the East Coast.
Several Republican leaders and voters are reportedly no longer taking John Katich seriously, as they see him only as a third wheel among the remaining Republican candidates. Political analysts are saying that the candidate running behind should be more strategic when it comes to where he deploys his resources.
He recently spent a lot of money during his campaign in Utah, but unfortunately did not win many votes in the state. The endorsements from big names in the Republican Party are also hurting John Kasich’s campaign.
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) March 23, 2016
Most importantly, if he does not win in Wisconsin, where he has two offices, it will serve as a message about his ability to win Midwest states.
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