John Kasich concedes Republican race to Donald Trump
Donald Trump has a clear run to become the Republican Presidential candidate – after the last moderate standing quit the race.
After his latest victory in Indiana, Mr Trump is now practically unstoppable on his path to the Republican nomination – with Ted Cruz ending his Presidential campaign yesterday.
Ohio Governor John Kasich, a moderate Republican who has sought to take the middle ground on LGBT rights, has now also officially ended his bid.
Governor Kasich had attempted to appeal to LGBT voters by ruling out proposals to overturn equal marriage and repeal Barack Obama’s executive orders on LGBT rights.
He said: “If I see discrimination in anything, like I said earlier, I’m willing to do what I can.
“Whether it’s executive order or legislation. That’s fine with me. As for marriage equality – let me be clear I’m for traditional marriage but I’ve been to my first gay wedding.”
He will concede his bid today – despite releasing a video for Star Wars Day describing himself as the last hope.
Kasich had insisted last night he would continue, with a statement saying: “Tonight’s results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich’s campaign plans. Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention.
“The comments from Trump, on the verge of winning in Indiana, heighten the differences between Governor Kasich and his positive, inclusive approach and the disrespectful ramblings from Donald Trump.”
More to follow.