Kasich wins Ohio, Rubio out after loss in Florida

March 16th, 2016


The five Democratic and Republican primaries on March 15 brought with them a series of ups and downs, as well as some predictable wins.


One of the biggest shake-ups of the night was Ohio Governor John Kasich’s win in his home state, the first win in the Republican candidate’s entire race. In this victory, Kasich obtained 66 delegates, according to USA Today.


For Republicans, Ohio is a “winner-take-all” state, meaning the winner of the primary walks away with all of the state’s delegates, regardless of the margin of his or her win.


CBS News reported that 23 percent of Kasich supporters decided to vote for him in the final days leading up to the primary in Ohio, choosing him over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump 53 percent to 27 percent.


Kasich’s win is crucial. Because he took 66 delegates away Trump, it will now make it considerably more difficult for Trump to receive the majority of delegates needed to become the Republican nominee in the presidential race.


According to The Washington Post, the Republican party may now face a contested convention this summer, in which delegates can choose one of the candidates running now, or they can opt to choose someone new altogether.


Another notable moment of the evening was the end of Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s race after he was not able to win his home state in the Republican primary.


The Associated Press called the Florida Republican primary in Trump’s favor shortly after polls closed in the state.


Florida, another “winner-take-all” state, provided Trump with 99 delegates, according to The Washington Post.


“America is in the middle of a real political storm, a real tsunami and we should have seen this coming,” Rubio said in a speech after Trump’s victory was announced. “While we are on the right side, this year, we will not be on the winning side.”


Rubio attempted to frame his campaign based on him being the only candidate who could defeat Trump, according to CNN.


His slogan, “a new American century,” emphasized Rubio’s youth while indicating that the United States is in a need for a new style of leadership.


However, as Rubio’s campaign lost momentum in recent weeks, it could not overcome overwhelming support of Trump in Florida.


Trump also won the primaries in Illinois, North Carolina, Florida and Missouri. In his victory speech, he emphasized the need for a united Republican party, saying that work toward that goal has accomplished as his candidacy attracted first time voters, according to USA Today.


“This was an example of it today,” Trump said. “It’s an incredible thing.”


On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton swept the primaries, winning in Florida, Missouri, Illinois, North Carolina and Ohio. She now has victories in 17 states.


“We are moving closer to securing the Democratic Party nomination and winning this election in November,” Clinton said during her victory speech in West Palm Beach, Fla.


She also congratulated her Democratic opponent, Senator Bernie Sanders, who has won nine states thus far, according to The Washington Post.


Looking ahead, Arizona and Utah have Democratic and Republican primaries on Tuesday, March 22, and Idaho has a Democratic caucus the same day.


Washington state, Hawaii and Alaska all have Democratic primaries on Saturday, March 26.


Editor’s Note: Information from USA Today, CBS News, The Washington Post and CNN was used in this report.