Posted: 4:01 pm Monday, April 25th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
From Rockville, Maryland
On the eve of a five state primary showdown, John Kasich pushed for votes in Pennsylvania and Maryland – the two biggest delegate prizes – as he urged voters to rally around him in the fight to stop Donald Trump from getting the Republican nomination for President.
“We’ll see where this goes,” Kasich said of his campaign. “This is going to go to an open convention,” he added.
“I’m going to keep plugging, and I need your support tomorrow,” Kasich said to strong applause.
At his town hall event in the suburbs of the nation’s capital, Kasich did not make one mention of his alliance with Ted Cruz, as the questions were a familiar mix of wonky subjects.
Kasich was originally scheduled to be in Indiana on Tuesday, but will now skip that and head to Oregon, one of the two states that Cruz is going to leave to Kasich (the other being New Mexico).
Once again at this event, Kasich drew upon the support of local leaders that he met during his time in the U.S. House of Representatives.
“John Kasich is the only one ready, ready to be President,” said former U.S. Rep. Connie Morella, who served 16 years in Congress with Kasich.
“He is the only mature, responsible person running for President,” Morella said to laughter and applause.
As for Donald Trump, the Cruz-Kasich tandem was on his mind today as he stumped for votes in both Rhode Island and Pennsylvania.
“It shows how weak they are, it shows how pathetic they are,” Trump said in his first stop of the day, in Warwick, Rhode Island.
Kasich’s event, held in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., did not give off the feeling of momentum – yes, it was a good sized crowd for the Ohio Governor, but the community center gymnasium wasn’t exactly bursting at the seams with enthusiasm or a giant, late arriving audience.
“Are you here for the death march?” one newspaper reporter asked another with a big helping of sarcasm.
If Kasich is going to be able to grab delegates away from Trump on Tuesday, this area of Montgomery County, Maryland is a prime target for him – a more liberal bedroom community in the D.C. suburbs, where Trump may not do as well, especially with suburban women.
But Trump has already shown that he can win in areas like this, as he did in the Chicago and Detroit metro areas – though he struggled in and around Milwaukee when he lost the Wisconsin Primary two weeks ago.