As voters head to the polls in the important Republican presidential primary today in Wisconsin, Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), conservative businessman Donald J. Trump, and Ohio Governor John Kasich are battling for the state’s 42 delegates.
The Republican establishment is pushing John Kasich to get out of the race NOW, in a desperate attempt to help Cruz.
After fighting this for months, we finally have a response from Kasich: He’s not going anywhere, and he believes Cruz and Trump should exit the race!
This guy is delusional:
Most polls in Wisconsin show Cruz leading with about 40 percent, followed by Trump at about 35 percent and Kasich at about 20 percent. The Ohio governor’s campaign had talked of blue-collar Midwestern states such as Wisconsin as places where Kasich could shine, but last week pulled back some of its ad spending in the state to save it for more promising contests in late April. Still, he campaigned in a couple of Wisconsin congressional districts, hoping to win some of the delegates allocated to the winner of those regions, before heading to New York, which holds the next primary.
The bitter battle for Wisconsin comes as the GOP race is hurtling toward a contested convention, in which none of the three remaining candidates would secure a majority of delegates before the nominating convention in July in Cleveland. That increased likelihood has heightened the urgency for Trump and Cruz to get Kasich out of the race.
Trump has a possibility of wrapping up the nomination outright and says he views Kasich as someone taking delegates he might be able to win. His road to the nomination will get steeper if, as polls indicate, he loses Wisconsin to Cruz.
Even with a Wisconsin win, Cruz appears unable to win the nomination before the convention. But he has hundreds more delegates than Kasich and says the governor is taking votes he could otherwise win to force a close contest with Trump. For instance, in two upcoming contests – New York and Pennsylvania – Kasich and Cruz are tied in polling, behind Trump.
Kasich’s advisers say Cruz couldn’t win those votes in more moderate East Coast states, so they’re not diluting his potential delegate total. The governor will gain ground on the Texas senator when the primary election visits the East in late April, Kasich’s advisers say, muddying Cruz’s second-place status heading into the convention. And in any case, they say, Kasich must stay in the race: He polls the best against Hillary Clinton and therefore must remain an option for GOP delegates casting the final vote in Cleveland.
“Trump/Cruz are now teaming up to try to bully Gov. John Kasich into leaving the race,” Kasich strategist John Weaver wrote Monday in a fundraising email. “Talk about a validator for what you and I know to be true – these guys are terrified to face Gov. John Kasich at a convention because they know that delegates will select the candidate who is not only the most prepared to be President, but can also defeat Hillary Clinton: John Kasich.”
The sharp attacks from not just Cruz’s PAC, but the candidate’s campaign itself point to Cruz’s view of Kasich as a threat to take some delegates in Wisconsin. Leading up to the Wisconsin primary, Cruz gained support as the Trump alternative from several leading establishment Republicans, such as Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, but Kasich declined to step aside.
The establishment, pro-amnesty conservatives of The Wall Street Journal editorial page have applauded Kasich for keeping Trump from locking up the nomination, even though they are puzzled why he is continuing in this race still:
Mr. Kasich did the public service of winning Ohio’s delegates—with which Mr. Trump might have locked up the nomination—and he deserves a chance to see if he can win Pennsylvania or pick up delegates in the East and California. He has no hope of reaching 1,237 delegates before the convention, but what Messrs. Trump and Cruz really fear is that the convention might want to nominate a potential winner.
Only Trump has a mathematical path to the needed 1,237 delegate majority to avoid a contested convention this summer in Cleveland, Ohio. It’s clear the Republican base is supporting Trump. Kasich’s ego-driven campaign could make the convention a problem, leading the Republicans into a weakened state before the general election against Hillary Clinton.
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