Ohio Gov. John Kasich is to suspend his bid to win the Republican presidential nomination, according to media sources.  Even though he won the Republican primary in his home state of Ohio in March, Kasich was being pressured to step out of the race. Some observers within and without the party saw his bid as a spoiler attempt to prevent Donald Trump from obtaining the minimum 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination before a contested convention. Kasich would join Sen. Ted Cruz, who surprised his supporters and detractors alike by suspending his campaign last night when Trump’s overwhelming victory in the Indiana primary became evident.
 
Kasich, who has served in Congress too, occasionally took positions more in line with Democrats. For example, he expanded Medicaid in Ohio, and he touted his record of working with Democrats.  
 
Kasich had taken a more positive approach during his campaign, even though his affiliated super PAC was unstinting in its criticisms of his opponents. He could wind up on the Republican ticket: he is frequently cited as a possible vice presidential candidate. After he and Cruz lost to Trump last night, Kasich’s campaign manager Ken Hansen said in an email to supporters: "Sen. Ted Cruz just dropped out of the presidential race and it's up to us to stop Trump and unify our party in time to defeat Hillary Clinton." 
 
There were Kasich fundraisers scheduled today in the Washington area, but the governor canceled them and remained in Columbus when he had an apparent change of direction.

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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