The last man standing between Donald Trump and the Republican nomination for President, Gov. John Kasich, is expected to announce the suspension of his campaign during a major announcement at 4pm CDT in Columbus, OH.
Kasich has little choice.
The reason he has stayed in so long despite winning only one state, his home state of Ohio, in the Republican Presidential Primary race, was on the hopes of winning a contested convention. Doing so however would require Trump not receiving the majority of delegates on the first ballot. With Sen. Ted Cruz suspending his campaign after losing badly to Trump in Indiana Tuesday night, Trump is now virtually assured a first ballot nomination during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
Despite his insistence on running a ‘positive’ campaign against Trump’s often negative and at times somewhat controversial one, Kasich never really gained traction with Republican voters. Even when the primary field was whittled down from 17 to three candidates, Kasich often found himself finishing a deep third behind Trump in Cruz. In Indiana, he received less than 10% of Republican primary votes.
Eyewitness News will have more on Kasich’s announcement and reaction to Trump’s likely nomination tonight at 5 and 6pm.