John Kasich: Is He Still In The Race?
Is Ohio’s Governor John Kasich still in the race to win the Republican nomination? Does he have a serious chance? Kasich lost in Arizona to Marco Rubio, who already dropped out of the race.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 24, 2016
Both reality TV star Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz have urged Kasich to drop out of the race. Trump, staying calm for once and avoiding what rival Cruz refers to as one of his “trumper-tantrums,” accused Kasich of stealing his votes. In this CNN video, Trump outright stated that Kasich “should not be allowed to run.”
“He doesn’t have to run and take my votes. Because he’s taking my votes. He’s not taking Cruz’s votes.”
Some voters are offended by what they perceive as Trump’s arrogance in assuming the votes belong to him. Kasich echoes the views of many Republican voters that Trump is “not prepared to be president,” calling him “irresponsible.”
Cruz has repeatedly suggested that Kasich drop out and, according to the New York Times, “is fuming because John Kasich won’t bow out.” He’s accused Kasich of splitting the party.
Meanwhile, Kasich said, “For a guy that’s not doing very well, they sure are worried about me.”
Related Inquisitr articles:
As the Washington Post pointed out, “Kasich is mathematically unable to amass the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination on the first ballot. He is holding out hope that he can peel off enough votes from Mr. Trump to force a contested convention in July in Cleveland, and then broker a deal to capture the nomination.”
Who is John Kasich, and does he have a serious chance of becoming president?
Kasich has experience at both the state and the federal level. He was elected to the Ohio state senate at the age of 26. He served nine times in the U.S. House of Representatives, from 1983 to 2001. While representing Ohio’s 12th congressional district, he was on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Budget Committee. He is currently in his second term as governor of Ohio. He was also the host of a talk show on Fox News, Heartland with John Kasich, from 2001 to 2007. He occasionally guest-hosted the TV show The O’Reilly Factor, which is also on Fox News.
Kasich is considered an “Establishment Republican.” He’s conservative on both financial and social issues.
As the New York Daily News points out, “John Kasich presents himself as a moderate, but he has a very conservative record in Ohio,” especially when it comes to labor unions, fracking, education, and raising the minimum wage.
He’s the author of three books, two of which have made the New York Times bestseller list. He is married with two children. His wife, Karen Kasich, left a career in public relations and advertising to be a full-time mother to their twin daughters, Emma and Reese. Karen Kasich is his second wife; if elected, John Kasich will be only the second president of the United States to have been divorced. Barron’s has endorsed him, as have John Sununu, Trent Lott, Ben Nighthorse Campbell, and Tom Ridge.
In polls, Kasich is more popular with voters than Trump or Cruz despite receiving fewer votes in the primaries and caucuses. USA Today shared poll data that Kasich could beat Sanders or Clinton in the general election.
— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) April 8, 2016
John Kasich can’t win the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the Republican nomination before the convention. According to Real Clear Politics, Kasich is currently fourth in the delegate count. Trump has 743 delegates, Cruz has 517 delegates, and Kasich has 143 delegates, putting him behind the two front-runners and Marco Rubio, who dropped out but has 171 delegates at present.
If the Republican Party has a brokered convention, delegates must vote as pledged in the first round. If voting goes to a second round and delegates are free to vote their consciences, Kasich’s chances improve immensely. At that point, anything would be possible, including Rubio being recalled to the political forefront or Kasich pulling ahead.
Is John Kasich still in the race? Yes, and he says he’s not planning to quit. Does he have a chance to win the Republican nomination? It won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible.
[Photo by Andrew Renneisen/Getty Images]