Kasich scores first win in home state — but Trump rolls on, ending Rubio run

by FoxNews.com  |  published on March 16, 2016

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A string of Donald Trump primary victories Tuesday night, including a knockout win against Marco Rubio in Florida, as well as a first win by John Kasich in his home state of Ohio did little to change the direction of the Republican presidential race — except to add more uncertainty and speculation.

Trump kept his substantial delegate lead by winning at least three contests. In defeating Rubio in the senator’s home state of Florida and pushing him out of the race, Trump won the biggest prize on the map, including all 99 of its delegates. He also is projected to win Illinois and North Carolina.

“We’re going to go forward, and we’re going to win,” Trump told supporters in Palm Beach, Fla. “But more importantly, we’re going to win for the country.”

Yet Kasich vowed to stay in the race, buoyed by his Ohio victory, and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz showed no signs of slowing down — as Kasich in particular banks on the prospect of a contested convention in July, leaving unclear when the raucous GOP primary race might draw to a close.

  • bones1941

    Kasich is being back by Establishment GOP and has always been back by them.

  • 4Pip

    Beware of Kasich,he’s now with the D’s,not for conservatives.He supports Common Core,Amnesty,and Ocare too. That’s what needs to be taken out,get some real education for the children.We are seeing all these young people for Bernie,he’s a Communist and they don’t want our young doing good in school anymore.They are teaching that Communism is best,we know that’s false,it needs to be stopped.Hillary is also a Communist,they are part of CPUSA,it is just Communism,but she calls it Progressive.

  • Seedman

    Now that the field is down to three one candidate should consistently win over fifty per cent of the vote and be the eventual nominee. Utah and Arizona will point this out.

  • Abel

    The Establishment is doing everything they can to oppose Trump. My state, Missouri, did the same thing by a great many voters voting as “uncommitted” in order to keep either Trump or Cruz from winning the state. All this did was kick Missouri out of any chance of making a difference in the general election. They may as well have voted for Hillary. Dumb de dumb dumb!

  • Jerry

    Get out Kasich, Your a selfish Bas###D. Your worse than Rubio, and more like Clinton in 2008.This Republican Party has gone so far left, This is not what republican are. Its looking like there should be a 3rd party Trump Conservatives

    • harry

      I THINK WHAT WILL HAPPEN IS RNC WILL CHANGE THE RULES TO TRY AND MAKE TRUMP INELIGBLE BUT TRUMP WILL TURN ON THEM AND RUN AS A INDEPENDANT AND STILL WIN. IF TRUMP DOES NOT RUN THEN ITS GAME OVER NONE OF THEM OTHER OTHER THAN TRUMP CAN BET HILLARY.

    • bill

      Kasich another pro amnesty Republicrat.

  • TOM

    John you are 1 for 24, if you were a ball player you would have been sent to the minors. Good campaign, step aside and get out of the way, maybe look at a veep position, you are not going to carry any of the remaining states.

  • John Gagne

    Kasich won his own State and all along had bragged how he’s done such a wonderful job on raising the bar in his State. But, Trump was right on his tail in votes. His open door policy on immigration I thought would kill him.

  • RB

    Kasich won his home state, congratulations, but since he has no path to win it’s time for him to admit that this wasn’t his time and get out of the race like Rubio finally did.
    Both Kasich and Rubio are simply splitting votes and are preventing the two main candidates from being able to battle it out among themselves. I realize that it must be hard to give up, but sooner or later you have to bow out and let things take it’s course for the good of the country.
    Staying in the race with some sort of unrealistic expectation of winning is selfish and is hurting the party and the country, especially when it is mathematically impossible for Kasich to win.
    The best he can hope to do is to continue to stop the other two candidates from getting the necessary votes to win, unless that is his plan. I guess it’s possible that he thinks that if he sticks it out and the race goes to a contested convention, the Republican establishment might choose him to be the standard bearer in a snub to Trump and Cruz. He also might be making a case for a future Presidential run.

    • PatriotGal

      They are carrying the water for the RNC, Romney, etc. Anything to keep Mr. Trump from attaining the 1237 votes needed. Romney did not have the necessary 1237 votes, but “they” changed the rules so Romney got the nomination. You can bet your bottom dollar, “they” won’t do it for Mr. Trump. He’s not part of the establishment, inside-the-beltway elites who want the same old stuff to continue. They cannot control him. TRUMP 2016!

    • 4Pip

      He is being backed by Soros’ money now so you know he isn’t for our good anymore.

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