Senior Advisor: John Kasich to Suspend Presidential Campaign

May 4, 2016 12:06 PM by News Staff

Ohio Gov. John Kasich will suspend his presidential campaign on Wednesday, a senior campaign adviser tells NBC News.

Kasich cancelled a press conference in Virginia earlier in the day and announced he would make a statement in Columbus, Ohio, Thursday afternoon.

The decision comes one day after Kasich finished a distant third in the Indiana primary. Top campaign aides vowed that the governor would stay in the race, even after Ted Cruz, who formed an informal alliance with Kasich, suspended his campaign.

Kasich will end his run with just one primary victory in his home state of Ohio. He remained in the race long after he was mathematically eliminated, arguing that no candidate will gain enough delegates to secure the GOP nomination ahead of the convention in Cleveland, Ohio, this summer.

But Donald Trump's commanding win in Indiana on Tuesday paved the way for him to earn a majority 1,237 delegates, making him the party's likely nominee. Party leaders like Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus called Trump the "presumptive nominee" even with Kasich still in the race.


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