The presidential campaign is not over for Ohio Governor John Kasich; not by a long shot. Kasich carried Ohio’s largest population centers by several percentage points, and while businessman Donald Trump and Texas Senator Ted Cruz took the rural and mountainous areas of the state, Kasich’s support was solid and worth the investment of time and resources that the Republican party poured in this past week.
Kasich is well liked in his home state, and tonight he won handily, defeating businessman and presidential candidate Donald Trump, in a huge upset for John Kasich. Trump trailed Kasich all night, coming up about a quarter-million votes short at the end of the night. Trump’s second place finish did not net him any delegates, while Kasich netted all 66 Republican delegates up for grabs.
Trump had hammered home in the final days of the campaign that Kasich was for more free trade than fair trade, but Kasich talked up the economy, and it is the economy that won the night for Kasich.
Donald Trump has been talking up the economy in every one of his campaign stops, but his take on trade was not as important of an issue for Ohio voters as the economy and jobs turned out to be. With Ohio’s unemployment rate at 4.9%, tying the national average, Ohio has had a better recovery since the recession, which began in 2008, than any of its Rust Belt neighbors in states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana. There is no question that Kasich’s success with Ohio’s economy brought more voters to him than to any other candidate, and that was the difference on the night.
Cruz came in a distant third place, with the no longer a candidate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, who suspended his campaign following a dismal showing in Florida, bringing up the rear in fourth place.
Kasich outperformed all expectations and projections to take home a comfortable win on the night. He was shown either even or five points ahead in the final weekend of the campaign in multiple voter polls. Kasich doubled that projection to finish with 47% of all votes, and Trump in second place over 200,000 votes behind Kasich. This is the first primary that Kasich has won this presidential primary season, and it was do or die for his campaign.
After Trump called for the Republican party to come together, following Kasich’s win in Ohio, Kasich is in a position to make great changes in Washington. He has proven he can get the job done, and would make a great addition to any future administration in Washington, D.C.; whether that is a Democrat or Republican.administration serving beginning January 20, 2017. I’m not certain what cabinet position he might be offered, but any would be well deserved and its been earned by Kasich. It’s more than street credibility; it is honest credibility that Kasich displays. That’s a trait that’s hard to find and important for any new president’s team in the White House.