Kasich to end White House bid

2016-05-04 18:59
Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at a campaign gathering with supporters upon placing second place in the New Hampshire republican primary on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. (Andrew Burton, AFP)

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich speaks at a campaign gathering with supporters upon placing second place in the New Hampshire republican primary on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. (Andrew Burton, AFP)

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Washington - Ohio Governor John Kasich will suspend his presidential campaign on Wednesday, his campaign told US media, a move that would leave frontrunner Donald Trump as the sole Republican candidate in the White House race.

Kasich's campaign abruptly cancelled an event in the Washington area and rescheduled a press conference for 17:00 (21:00 GMT) in Ohio's capital Columbus.

Broadcaster MSNBC and others reported that a senior campaign advisor said that appearance would be Kasich's announcement that he is dropping out of the 2016 race.

Rival Ted Cruz, a conservative senator from Texas, bowed out late on Tuesday after Trump's commanding Indiana win made it far more likely that the real estate billionaire would reach the 1 237 delegates necessary to win the party's nomination and avoid a contested convention.

The surprise move left Kasich as the sole remaining challenger to Trump, but like Cruz, Kasich is mathematically eliminated from winning the nomination outright.

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