Kasich won Ohio. Now what?
John Kasich tasted victory for the first time in 2016 with a primary win in Ohio, and it came at precisely the moment he lost his chance to become the Republican presidential nominee without unprecedented chaos.
Despite the victory celebration at Kasich’s Ohio headquarters, there are not enough contests left – with enough delegates at stake – to lift Kasich to the top of the GOP field ahead of the Republican National Convention in July.
Indeed, Kasich would need to secure more than 100 percent of the remaining delegates to clinch the nomination without going to a contested convention.
Kasich seemed to acknowledge that, foreshadowing a long campaign that yields a convention with more than one candidate still standing. “I may go to the convention before this is over with more delegates than anyone else,” Kasich boasted to CNN after the network called the race.
The math is daunting. Kasich entered the day with just 63 delegates out of the more than 1,000 already awarded. He’ll claim another 66 from Ohio, and at best would claim a significant share of delegates in Illinois. But with only 1,000 delegates remaining on the calendar after Tuesday, Kasich won’t be able to clear a majority – the 1,237 delegates necessary to win the nomination outright.