People everywhere are asking, Why John Kasich? What are the changes sweeping the United States today that the governor of Ohio and one-time House Budget chair is consistently taking a fifth of the Republican electorate by storm? Will he continually take one out of every five Republican votes cast or can he be stopped? These are the questions being asked not just among Republican party elites but among all Americans who are wondering where this political mystery comes from and where he could possibly be taking the country.
“Love him or hate him, John Kasich is changing the face of Republican politics for at least a fifth of Republican voters,” says Brad Lenderman, a Republican campaign consultant who previously worked with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. “His stance on public-private partnerships, working with Congress on a bipartisan basis, and not singling out Muslims or minorities for demonization—these are the ideas that are transforming this election for at least some people.”
“He’s changed the direction of the debate, no doubt about it,” says Terrence Boynton, a consultant on the Democratic side who has long spoken admirably of the Republican candidate. “While [real estate mogul] Donald Trump and [Texas Sen.] Ted Cruz battle it out, Kasich is hitting it out of the ballpark for voters who aren’t going to vote for Trump or Cruz.”
As of March 27, Kasich was running a strong fourth in the delegate count, behind Trump, Cruz, and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who has suspended his campaign but still has more delegates than Kasich.
Kasich’s 149 delegates are a mouth watering morsel for Trump and Cruz, both of whom would like nothing more than to get those delegates into their column. But aides from both camps say Kasich’s delegate totals signify more than just support from a portion of the Republican electorate; they signify the sweeping changes that voters want to see happen in our national politics, at least for a handful of voters.
“If you’re a Kasich voter, you’re not just voting for the man, the person, you’re voting for the movement he represents,” says Lenderman. “Thats what’s so concerning to Trump and Cruz. Kasich’s support is a movement that is leaving all the other candidates behind, at least among the fifth of Republican voters to whom Kasich is more than just a candidate. He’s a vessel that is capturing the angst one in five voters feel and addressing that angst as only he can.”
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