Declaring a win over GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in his home state will revitalize his bid for the Republican nomination, Ohio Governor John Kasich followed with a vow to drop from the race should he lose the March 15 primary.
Ohio, a “winner-take-all” primary, retains 66 delegates.
“Some of the other candidates, if they can’t win their home state, they got to get out, OK?” If I don’t win my home state, I’ll get out. But you know what? I’m going to win Ohio,” Kasich told a crowd during a campaign stop in Nashville.
Following his optimistic statements to supporters on Saturday in Tennessee, in separate interviews on Sunday morning, Kasich repeated his stand he would exit the race if defeated in the Ohio primary and predicted sweeping gains for Donald Trump on Super Tuesday, which include GOP contests in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Colorado and Virginia.
“I think Trump’s probably going to win, probably all of them,” Kasich forecast on CNN’s State of the Union.
Although the center of Kasich’s televised interviews appeared to prevail on Tuesday’s primaries, Kasich denied a New York Times story indicating 2012 GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, recently requested he end his bid for the nomination.
“Nobody’s asked me to drop out. And that wouldn’t matter to me anyway. I don’t really want to get into private conversations with people. But that never happened in terms of Mitt trying to tell me, you know, what I need to do with my career. That’s not what it was about,” Kasich told NBC’s Chuck Todd in a taped interview on Meet the Press.
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