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Rubio Urges His Supporters to Vote Kasich in Ohio

In a mad dash to head off the potential that Donald Trump can amass the 1,237 delegates needed to outright win the Republican nomination, Marco Rubio is now asking his supporters in Ohio to vote for John Kasich. The goal is to deny Trump a victory in Ohio. Coupled with a possible Trump victory in Florida, winning Ohio would put him way ahead in the delegate race, likely too far to catch.

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Here’s video of Rubio talking about the race in Ohio:

Report from Politico:

Marco Rubio, desperate to save his presidential campaign in his home state, is adopting the Mitt Romney strategy—asking Republicans hoping to stop Donald Trump to support his rival, John Kasich, in Ohio.

“John Kasich is the only one who can beat Donald Trump in Ohio,” Rubio said. “If a voter in Ohio is motivated by stopping Donald Trump, I suspect that’s the only choice they can make.”

The flip-side of that strategic gambit is to convince any voters in Florida not backing Trump to support him in Tuesday’s primary.

“I’m the only one who can beat Trump in Florida,” Rubio said during a press conference Friday morning at Temple Beth El.

“A vote for Ted Cruz or John Kasich in Florida is a vote for Donald Trump. Any vote that doesn’t go to me is helping Donald Trump win the 99 delegates that this state will award to the winner.”

Rubio denied any quid pro quo with Kasich. “I have not talked with John Kasich,” he said.

And Kasich’s campaign, confident of its position, showed no interest in returning the favor.

If Rubio supporters abandon the Senator in Ohio, it would likely push John Kasich to a fairly easy victory. The difference between Florida and Ohio is that Kasich is in a stronger position in his home state than Rubio is. Even if Kasich supporters backed Rubio in Florida, it’s not a guaranteed win against Trump.

I suspect Rubio is hoping that Kasich will make a reciprocal request, or at least Kasich supporters will get the hint if they are interested in trying to prevent Trump from reaching the magic delegate number.

All of this will make for a very interesting Tuesday to watch these races unfold.

Nate Ashworth :Nate Ashworth is the Founder and Senior Editor of Election Central. He's been blogging elections and politics for almost a decade. He started covering the 2008 Presidential Election which turned into a full-time political blog in 2012 and 2016.

View Comments (10)

  • I think it's horrible that a candidate would urge people to vote for someone else to stop another candidate! I can't even consider myself a republican anymore!!!

  • "DON'T VOTE FOR ME!!"

    It's a strange world in which a candidate tries to win by discouraging people to vote for them. The idea is just to stop Trump from winning.

    In the most recent poll, Rubio's 7% in Ohio, if added to Kasich, would give Kasich the lead, 36-34%. The problem for Kasich is that Trump had an unexpectedly strong showing in Michigan, because he connected with worker concerns.

    The freight train continues.

    • Also the one that poll that has him over Trump is a fox poll and we know where Fox is landing on this decision. I believe they pulled the day before the chills Trump 7 over Kasich

  • This entire election is ridiculous. If the people want Trump, then let him be the nomination. Rubio looks like a child trying to "throw" the election. This is just one of many things wrong with the GOP right now. Say what you want about Trump but people who have never voted Republican are tuning in and paying attention to politics.

    • I agree Donna! If they keep this up, no one will want to be part of the Republican Party. We'll start a new party that doesn't turn on each other!!!

  • Just shows Clouded thinking on Rubios part, not even trying to gather more delegates, trying to run against as opposed to run for.#GOPPUPPETBOYRUBIO #neverrubioever

  • Asinine travesty --- even worst is Rubio standing in front of the US flag and THE Israeli flag...?!?

    Since when has it become so obvious that the foreign State of Israel gets to have a say who gets elected as US President --- that's just sickening!

    Because of Trump, the whole vile GOP/RNC Establishment has been exposed for the anti-American scum they are. Not only will all their Neocons and RINOS puppets --- Jeb, Rubio, Kasich --- go down in infamy, but their corrupt leaders will go down in flames, too!

  • I don't even know what to say. This is so corrupt. There are no rules against this. Rubio should be thrown in jail for this. He's attempting to cheat the system. It's no different than a boxer throwing a fight for a gambler. He wants to fall on his sword for no legit reason. Only to prevent another candidate from nomination. A candidate that a majority of the people clearly want.

  • If Rubio said what he has in order to do what he believes is BEST FOR OUR COUNTRY, which is for Trump NOT to be our president, then I COMMEND HIM - for recognizing that (not that it shouldn't be obvious to EVERYone by now!) and for standing up and doing the right thing regardless of what anyone thinks!

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