Election 2016

John Kasich Drops Out of the Race

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Ohio governor and fledgling presidential candidate John Kasich will officially drop out of the race today at 5 pm eastern according to multiple sources.

From the Associated Press:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is leaving the Republican presidential contest, giving Donald Trump a clear path to his party's nomination.

Kasich will announce the end of his underdog White House bid on Wednesday, according to three campaign officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the candidate's plans. The decision comes a day after Trump's only other rival, Ted Cruz, dropped out.

Confirming once again what we already knew, Donald Trump will be the GOP nominee for president in 2016.

I haven't said it's time for Bernie Sanders to drop out of the race before, but I will now. It's mathematically impossible for Bernie Sanders to win the nomination at this point. Continuing his anti-Dem campaign only helps Trump now.

Unrelated note... we're having some technical difficulties today. I'll try to do what I can, but even posting this was a struggle.

  • Victor the Crab

    The only thing surprising about this move is that it didn’t happen a long time ago.

    As for Sanders dropping out, don’t count on it. He seems determined to drag it out to the bitter end without any concern for what damage he may cause the Democratic party, much to the delight of his hardcore nihilistic Kool-Aid drinkers. It’s not too far fetched to suggest there may be more of a bloodbath in Philadelphia than in Cleveland this July.

    • Badgerite

      Which is why I don’t support him. I have always wondered where Ralph Nader got the idea that if things got “worse” they would then magically somehow get “better”. Sanders supporters talk about FDR and LBJ without any regard to what the “worse” part was. FDR had a world wide depression to deal with which then led to a world wide war and the rise of fascism and the development of nuclear weapons not to mention a holocaust. Now, God only know what harm could be done.

      • Victor the Crab

        I’ve lost a fair amount of respect for Sanders in the last little while. I do think that this messiahesque worshiping his followers have been showering him with has gone straight to his head. Now he’s starting to think that Clinton is America’s biggest monster, like his most extreme supporters believe, and is starting to act out on it.

        • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

          I too worry about the Bernie-or-bust supporters contributing to Trump’s vote tally either by throwing a hissy fit and staying home, or outright voting for the rightwing fascist because of their antiestablishment nonsense.

  • muselet

    I’m not sure, but I believe this may be the least surprising political news of the decade.


  • Georgie