- REUTERS/Carlos Barria
Ohio Gov. John Kasich dropped out of the presidential race Wednesday, effectively handing the Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump.
Kasich’s campaign scrapped a press conference planned for early Wednesday morning in Washington, DC, and instead announced that the governor would make a statement in Columbus, Ohio.
“Nobody has ever done more with less in the history of politics,” Kasich said of his staff in the statement.
Trump all but sealed the nomination following a landslide win Tuesday night in Indiana’s primary.
Kasich was the last major Republican presidential candidate remaining in the race. Sen. Ted Cruz dropped out Tuesday night following the results of the Indiana primary.
The Ohio governor’s campaign never really got off the ground. Though he had picked up a handful of delegates in several nominating contests and won his home state’s primary, he did not take home any other primaries or caucuses and won few delegates in the past month.
Even after the Indiana loss, Kasich’s team insisted that the governor would stay in the race until the Republican National Convention in July. On Wednesday morning, Kasich tweeted out a “Star Wars”-parody video claiming that Kasich was the “only hope” to defeat Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton.