UPDATE x2: "I have always said that the Lord has a purpose for me as he has for everyone," Kasich told reporters in Columbus, Ohio. "And as I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life."
WASHINGTON – Ohio Gov. John Kasich canceled a news conference at Dulles International Airport near Washington Wednesday, according to his campaign, and will instead make a 5 p.m. statement in Columbus, Ohio, USA Today is reporting.
The move comes the day after Donald Trump decisively beat Ted Cruz and Kasich in Indiana, leading to Cruz's exit from the race and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus declaring Trump the presumptive nominee.
Kasich has won only his home state of Ohio and trails by nearly 900 delegates in the Republican race.
The pending announcement could be a disappointment to Republican leadership in Illinois, such as former IL GOP Chairman Pat Brady and Senate Minority Leader Chris Radogno, who both have been vocal in their hopes that Kasich could pull out an upset at the RNC Convention in July.
The Kasich campaign also Tweeted this video Wednesday morning:
Our Only Hope#MayThe4thBeWithYou #StarWarsDayhttps://t.co/Bi2qNGw2oM
— John Kasich (@JohnKasich) May 4, 2016
If this “Tweet” is about Kasich’s decision to drop his campaign, I say:
“Don’t let the door hit your a– on the way out!”
And to Brady and Radogno: “Please follow Kasich out the door!”