John Kasich is suspending his bid for the White House, NBC News is reporting.
He will make an announcement about his campaign at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, his campaign said. Kasich abruptly canceled a news conference planned for Wednesday morning outside Washington, D.C.
The report follows Kasich’s third-place finish in Indiana, where GOP front-runner Donald Trumpdominated with a landslide victory.
Kasich agreed to cease campaigning in the Hoosier State to clear a path for Sen. Ted Cruz(R-Texas), in an effort to stop Trump from getting the needed delegates to secure the nomination.
But Cruz suspended his presidential campaign Tuesday night after a devastating loss to Trump. Cruz and Kasich had already been mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination on the first ballot.
It seems fairly clear that the only reason Kasich stuck around as long as he did was to keep Ted Cruz from being able to galvanize the anti-Trump vote. Now that Cruz is out of the race, there is no reason for Kasich to stay in it. He can collect whatever reward from Trump he was holding out for.
Have a nice election, folks.