And then there was one: John Kasich drops out of GOP race

John Kasich at Kennesaw State University. AJC Photo/Hyosub Shin

John Kasich at Kennesaw State University. AJC Photo/Hyosub Shin

Ohio Gov. John Kasich ended his quixotic campaign Wednesday, clearing the field for presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump.

Kasich announced that he will suspend his campaign at a rally in Ohio, one day after Texas Sen. Ted Cruz abandoned the race following a devastating defeat in Indiana.

“As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith that the Lord will show me the way forward and fulfill the purpose of my life,” he said.

The delegate math was even more daunting for Kasich than it was for Cruz. The Ohioan only won his home state and picked up a smattering of delegates around the nation. He was never in a position to surpass Trump in the race for the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination, but he and Cruz hoped to force a battle at the party’s convention in July.

His departure leaves Trump as the only candidate left standing in a race that once counted 17 GOP competitors. Some Georgia Republicans who once backed both Kasich and Cruz are now reluctantly rallying behind the billionaire.


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