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John Kasich: Not Dropping Out Before Ohio Primary

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John Kasich has yet to win any states and has a grand total of 25 delegates, compared with Trump’s 319 and Cruz’s 226 in the GOP presidential race. So you might think a candidate that far behind would start harboring doubts about the sustainability of his campaign. But when Kasich was asked by radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt today if he was thinking about throwing in the towel before the Ohio March 15 primary, that state’s amazingly optimistic governor reacted as though he had been asked a silly question.

Hewitt began by asking Kasich, “What is your thinking today after Super Tuesday?”

“Well, I feel pretty good about yesterday,” the governor replied. “We, you know, ran neck and neck with Donald Trump in Vermont to split the delegates with him, finished second in Massachusetts, picked up delegates there, picked up some delegates in Virginia. And now the focus of this campaign heads more to home court, up north. I’m in Michigan today, and then, of course, one week from Michigan is Ohio. And then it’s off to the races.

Hewitt: “Is there any circumstance in which you can see yourself withdrawing before Ohio votes?

Kasich answered, “No. Why would I do that?”

“No reason!” Hewitt exclaimed.

Kasich insisted, “We’re doing well!”

The governor went on to say that he would campaign until at least Ohio — a state critical for him — even if he loses big in Michigan. But Kasich is feeling pretty good about Michigan, too.

“I don’t think we’re going to have a bad showing in Michigan,” he told Hewitt. “We’ll be fine.”