After Marco Rubio‘s camp made the odd decision to encourage their supporters to vote for John Kasich in Ohio, the Kasich camp lashed back, sternly and testily rejecting the peace offering.
Kasich spokesperson Rob Nichols said that the Buckeye governor was going to win his home state without Rubio’s help “just as he’s going to lose Florida without our help,” according to the AP.
Rubio spokesperson Alex Conant had told CNN Friday morning that his campaign was pouring all its resources into Florida, where Rubio has his best chance at knocking Donald Trump off the top spot.
But in Ohio, Kasich is polling ahead of Trump according to the most recent poll, whereas Rubio is trailing last with 7% support. Conant conceded that if GOP voters wanted to defeat Trump in Ohio, Kasich was their best bet.
This accords with the divide-and-conquer strategy Mitt Romney proposed last week, encouraging Republican primary voters to vote for whichever candidate had the best chance of defeating Trump in their respective state.
Kasich confessed earlier this week to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, “no one is going to have the numbers” to avoid a contested election. “What’s the big deal about that, other than it’s exciting?” Kasich said.
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