Republican Kasich suspends presidential campaign

Donald Trump's last remaining challenger for the Republican Party presidential nomination, John Kasich, has dropped out of the race, leaving the presumptive nominee with the task of uniting a fractured party around his White House bid.

A Kasich spokesman said the underdog hopeful will make a formal statement in his home state at 5 p.m. eastern time, Xinhua reported.

But by mid-morning, after failing to show up for a press meeting at Dulles International Airport, Governor Kasich's tune had changed.

Despite his inability to win any contests beyond Ohio, Mr Kasich held on to become the last candidate battling Mr Trump - albeit for only a few hours.

Even before winning his home state of OH in March, Kasich was facing pressure to get out of the race, with no clear path to victory.

Support for Trump among national Republicans had soared in recent weeks to the highest level of the primary campaign, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

"With Donald Trump's win in IN and Ted Cruz dropping out, Trump has functionally secured the nomination", Keene said. "Honestly, there are some people I really don't want". All of us assumed that eventually Republicans would nominate a hardcore conservative, and we were all taken by surprise when Trump stepped in instead. Pat Roberts endorsed Rubio ahead of the caucuses, and then said they'd endorse the eventual Republican nominee. As of Wednesday, the poll aggregator RealClearPolitics has Kasich beating Ms. Clinton by seven points in a hypothetical general election, and both Republican presidential candidates Texas Sen.

Now the question is whether those GOP officials who backed Kasich will endorse Trump, as he assumes the role of the apparent Republican nominee.

"I think they underestimated the anger in the Republican party", said Jim Campbell, a UB political science professor, who adds it's not only the analysts who got it wrong. Superdelegates, delegates whose allegiance doesn't have to align with the popular vote, allow party leaders to influence the direction of the primary race.

And with Trump now the sole Republican candidate left in the race, the Clinton camp rolled out an ad that featured little more than barbs lobbed by Trump's former GOP rivals and other Republican critics.

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