Why John Kasich remains in the Republican primary is one of the great mysteries this election has generated.
Conventional wisdom states that he’s holding out for a general election – though after he won Ohio he declared “I may go to this convention before its over with more delegates than anybody else.”
The satirical paper The Onion goofed on his enthusiasm, headlining a piece on Kasich’s strategy; “Kasich Trying To Find Other States Where He Is Beloved Multi-Term Governor.” That probably would’ve been a more viable strategy than what he’s tried so far.
But while he’s looking, he should take note that the tides have turned, even his his home state. According to Public Policy Polling:
Our newest Ohio poll finds voters in the state are getting sick of John Kasich’s presidential campaign. Only 38 percent think he should stay in the race, compared to 49 percent who think it’s time for him to drop out. Those numbers have shifted substantially from early March when 52 percent of voters wanted him to continue on in the race and just 34 percent thought he should drop out.And here’s the real kicker: the numbers for Kasich when it comes to dropping out are actually even worse for him with Republicans than they are with Democrats- 58 percent of GOP voters in Ohio think it’s time for him to let it go. The only difference now between Ohio and the rest of us is the length of time it took to come to this conclusion.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]