One of the great mysteries about this election cycle has been the unsubstantiated enthusiasm of John Kasich.
After winning Ohio in the second Super Tuesday, Kasich told a cheerful audience that he planned on heading into the convention with more delegates than anyone else.
To give some context on just how absurd such a statement is, at the time he made it, it was mathematically impossible for Kasich to gather enough delegates to secure the 1,237 needed to win the nomination. Today, he still needs 1,094 delegates to secure the nomination, while only 882 remain.
Unless Kasich can adopt the Democrat’s strategy of winning the dead vote, it’s questionable how he would expect to win over 100% of the remaining delegates.
But don’t count him out as delusional just yet: for the first time in decades we may see a contested convention. There’s no other explanation for why Kasich would remain in the race. Even Cruz at this point who needs to win over 80% of the remaining delegates to secure the nomination.
RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was on Hannity last night and seemed to confirm suspicions that the Republican Party, not its voters, will determine the nominee.
And surprisingly, he isn’t counting Kasich out.
Hannity: If there is an attempt to jump, leapfrog over the two top vote getters, the two top state winners, the two top delegate winners, don’t you think that those caucused and voted for those two top guys if they don’t get it, that they are going to walk away and never come back?
Reince Priebus: Well, look clearly there’s a rule in place now that candidates need a majority of eight states delegates, a majority in eight different states to even be nominated. I believe our candidate is going to be somebody running. And as far as Paul Ryan running let me say it for the 10th time. Number one, he’s not running. Number two, he says he’s not running. Three he doesn’t like this talk… Number four, he’s not going to have a floor campaign to be running…
Hannity: In your opinion as the chairman that the nominee of your party are you confident tonight it will be either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz? Are you confident?
Priebus: This is what I’ll say, I think the nominee will be someone who’s running…
Hannity: Well, there’s three people running. Mathematically John Kasich can’t catch up to them. You won’t say for the record that it won’t be Cruz or Trump?
Priebus: No, I’m going to say it’s going to be somebody that’s running.
Hannity: Does running mean it’s going to be Cruz, Trump or Kasich?
Priebus: I’m saying it’s going to be one of the three people running.
Hannity: How can Kasich get there without leapfrogging over people that have millions of more votes and more delegates?
Priebus: You’re going to have to ask John Kasich. But I’m not going to do something that’s going to be an affront right now to John Kasich.
H/T: The Gateway Pundit
Kasich couldn’t win more than his home state (where he was a multi-term governor) in the primaries, and yet the establishment is considering him as a serious choice for the nomination.
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