Trump: Kasich Is 'Taking My Votes'

It's 'unfair' that Ohio governor is allowed to stay in race
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2016 3:18 AM CDT
Trump: Kasich Is 'Taking My Votes'
Donald Trump looks down the line of supporters as he works the crowd after a rally at Nathan Hale High School on Sunday in West Allis, Wis.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

By obstinately staying in the Republican race, John Kasich is "taking" votes that rightfully belong to Donald Trump, according to Donald Trump. In Milwaukee on Sunday, Trump told reporters that the Ohio governor shouldn't be allowed to stay in a race that is impossible for him to win, the AP reports. "He doesn't have to run and take my votes," Trump said, adding that he had complained to RNC officials about Kasich and the "unfair" situation. "I said, 'Why is a guy allowed to run?' All he's doing is just he goes from place to place and loses." Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf fired back, saying Trump and Ted Cruz will also fail to gain a majority of delegates before the convention, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

"Since he thinks it's such a good idea, we look forward to Trump dropping out before the convention," Schrimpf said. Recent polls in Wisconsin show Trump behind Cruz, with Kasich a distant third, and Trump missed the bris of his new grandson amid efforts to catch up before the state votes on Tuesday, the Washington Post reports. Analysts say a loss in Wisconsin would be a huge setback for the Trump campaign, since its white, blue-collar workers are the kind of voters who have handed Trump big victories in similar states. A Trump loss would also give the media two weeks to discuss his loss of momentum before the next GOP primary, which is New York's on April 19. (A recent poll found that Trump would be the most disliked major-party presidential nominee on record.)

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