John Kasich won 48.6% of the votes and 66 delegates in Ohio. This maiden victory inspires him to stick to the race as the Republican primary grows more intense. Marco Rubio dropped out of the race after his terrible loss in Florida. But Ohio didn’t disappoint Kasich.
"To have people believe in you and to believe that you can bring people together and strengthen our country...thank you," Kasich said in a speech after the projected win was announced. "I represent you and it is my job to look at these situations and these problems and to listen to you.”
The supporters and activists of John Kasich were largely motivated by the victory. According to Kasich campaign, his national support has increased from 5% to 15%. And many think that he is the only Republican candidate who can defeat Hillary Clinton. Surveys show Trump and Cruz losing to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In contrast, Kasich runs best in trial heats of any Republican.
Kasich campaign is expecting a brokered convention that has happened eight times in history. It is very likely that no candidate will be able to secure 1,237 delegates before the July convention. Explaining Kasich’s argument at the convention, Kasich’s campaign strategist John Weaver said- “Why are we there? We’re there to nominate someone who can beat Hillary Clinton. There’s only one of the three who can beat Hillary Clinton. That’s a pretty powerful argument.”
With the reference to Kasich’s growing national momentum, Weaver said “No one will go to the convention anywhere near 1,237. Nowhere near. And we will have an experience that very few people can remember.”
Whatever the momentum may Kasich have, his Ohio victory was not unexpected and it will prevent Trump from his total required delegates he needs before Cleveland. If Kasich can keep increasing his support, he may not win the race but he will successfully prevent Trump. If he becomes successful on that, his popular rationale “only I can beat Hillary” may convince the ‘establishment’ to ‘have an experience that very few people can remember.’