John Kasich suspends presidential campaign

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich gestures at his presidential primary election rally in Berea, Ohio Tuesday. AP Photo

WASHINGTON – Ohio Gov. John Kasich is acknowledging that his message “wasn’t a great sound byte” and he is suspending his campaign for president.

The two-year Ohio governor and former congressman was visibly emotional Wednesday as he thanked his family, campaign staff and supporters without ever saying directly what would happen to his campaign.

Kasich had perpetually trailed even as the crowded GOP field narrowed. He thanked his wife, twin daughters, campaign staff and armies of volunteers.

Kasich said of his staff, “Nobody has ever done more with less in the history of politics.

Donald Trump says he thinks John Kasich is “doing the right thing.”

Ted Cruz announced Tuesday night he was suspending his campaign, after losing the Indiana primary to Trump. Even after that, Kasich told the Associated Press he was not abandoning his quest for the White House. His campaign posted on Facebook Tuesday the election results “are not going to alter Gov. Kasich’s campaign plans.”

Kasich won just one primary – his home state of Ohio – and trails Trump by nearly 900 delegates.

Trump says he’s willing to consider Ohio Gov. John Kasich as a running mate. He tells CNN that he would “be interested in vetting John,” but adds that even as governor, Kasich would be “helpful” with swinging Ohio into Trump’s column on Election Day.

Trump says he has a good relationship with Kasich. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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