Coming less than 24 hours after Ted Cruz dropping out of the GOP presidential primary. Ohio Gov. John Kasich will suspend his presidential campaign this afternoon according to one of his senior campaign adviser tells NBC News.
Kasich cancelled a press conference in Virginia earlier in the day and announced he would make a statement in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday afternoon.
The decision comes one day after Kasich finished a distant third in the Indiana primary. Top campaign aides vowed that the governor would stay in the race, even after Ted Cruz, who formed an informal alliance with Kasich, suspended his campaign.
Kasich will end his run with just one primary victory in his home state of Ohio. He remained in the race long after he was mathematically eliminated, arguing that no candidate will gain enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination ahead of the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this summer.
Donald Trump’s commanding win in Indiana on Tuesday paved the way for him to earn a majority 1,237 delegates, making him the party’s likely nominee. Party leaders like Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called Trump the “presumptive nominee”.
Kasich had planned fundraisers in the Washington, D.C., area Wednesday and had planned to address reporters at Dulles Airport but his campaign says he is no longer going there.
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