Kasich skeptical Trump can claim Ohio’s 18 electoral votes

Amid reports he is mulling endorsing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Ohio Governor John Kasich expressed pessimism the New York businessman can win the Buckeye State in November’s general election.

Asked on CNN’s State of the Union if Trump can win Ohio, Kasich responded:

“Can Trump win Ohio? He’s going to win parts of Ohio where people are really hurting.”

“There will be sections he will win because people are angry, frustrated and haven’t heard any answers. But I still think it’s difficult if you are dividing to be able to win Ohio. I think it’s really, really difficult.”

Recent polling in the Buckeye State indicates a virtual tie with Clinton edging the real estate mogul by less than one percentage point.

Despite an acrimonious primary where the Ohio governor often traded barbs with Trump, abandoned his bid without endorsing the now-GOP nominee and declined to attend the GOP convention, Kasich did not rule out eventually endorsing Trump.

“We still have time. That’s something I think about a little bit but not a lot,” Kasich said.

Gov. Kasich did not attend the Republican National Convention at Cleveland in mid-July, and instead held a meeting with Ohio delegates at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Tuesday, July 19, only one mile from the Quicken Loans Arena.


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