To Kasich, the fate of his campaign depended on whether or not he won his home State of Ohio. Had he lost Ohio, he would’ve dropped out last night.
I’d viewed this as a symbolic victory for Kasich, though I’m not sure he saw it the same way. He’s in dead last – still behind even Rubio before he dropped out, but you wouldn’t have gotten that impression if you listened to his victory speech last night.
The comment that raised the most eyebrows was when he told the audience that he may “go to the convention with more delegates than anybody else.”
Some called that comment delusional and the delegate math proves it. This late in the game, there just simply aren’t enough remaining delegates for Kasich to pull out a victory. As the Washington Post put it following Kasich’s victory speech:
It is mathematically impossible for him to win 1,237 delegates. There will be less than 1,000 delegates left after tonight, and Kasich has just 129. He is more than 200 delegates behind Sen. Ted Cruz (Tex.) and still behind Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.), who graciously ended his run tonight.Guess Kasich was hoping no one would notice.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]