Ohio Gov. John Kasich — the last Republican still challenging Donald Trump for the nomination — announced Wednesday he is dropping out of the Republican race for president.
Kasich made the announcement from Columbus, after canceling a planned campaign event in the Washington area earlier Wednesday.
The Kasich campaign told reporters: “Today’s press gaggle in Dulles has been cancelled. Gov. Kasich will deliver a statement in Columbus at 5:00PM EDT today – location TBD.”
Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus deemed Donald Trump the presumptive GOP nominee after his win in Indiana on Tuesday.
Kasich only won his state of Ohio and is fourth place in the delegate race.
Before [crscore]Ted Cruz[/crscore] announced his withdrawal from the campaign on Tuesday, Kasich campaign chief strategist John Weaver said the candidate wouldn’t drop out: “Gov. Kasich will remain in the race unless a candidate reaches 1,237 bound delegates before the Convention.”
After Cruz dropped out, Weaver released another statement, saying: “Our party is facing a clear choice between positive solutions that can win in November and a darker path that will solve nothing and lead to Hillary Clinton in the White House, a Democrat Senate and a liberal Supreme Court. As long as it remains possible, Governor Kasich will fight for the higher path.”