That seems to be it.
While Donald Trump has not yet reached the necessary goal of 1237 delegates needed to win the nomination, he no longer faces any active competition for the position either. As the campaign moves to Nebraska, West Virginia, Oregon, Washington, New Jersey, New Mexico, South Dakota and California, voters in those states will now be left with but one true primary option – Donald Trump.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) left the race on Tuesday evening after losing Indiana, and it seems that at some point in the night or early Wednesday morning, Ohio Governor John Kasich (R-OH) made the very same decision.
John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, two sources familiar with the plan confirmed to CNN.
Kasich’s decision came after he improbably became the last challenger to Donald Trump, who emerged as the presumptive GOP nominee Tuesday night when Ted Cruz dropped out…
Kasich had fundraisers scheduled in the Washington area Wednesday, and was on a plane at the Columbus airport when he had a change of heart.
After having the plane taxi back from the runway, according to one source close to Kasich, he then called four of his closest friends, and said, “My heart is not in this.” The source said that his friends then told Kasich that if his heart is not in it, he ought to do what he needs to do.
The question is – what has changed? John Kasich’s chances for the nomination were the very same before Indiana as they were after primary voting there ended. The only difference that I’m able to spot is the presence of Senator Cruz in the race. I’m not arguing that there has been some kind of concerted conspiracy to defeat Cruz, but the timing of Kasich’s announcement does seem odd at the very least.
Well, whatever his reasons, the end has come. And Donald Trump now has an open road to the nomination, which I suspect he’ll likely win on either May 17th or the 24th. I hope he’s preparing for the coming fight, because the Democrat opposition will be merciless.
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