05/04/2016 12:01 pm ET
WASHINGTON — Ohio Gov. John Kasich plans to withdraw from the 2016 Republican presidential race on Wednesday, becoming the latest candidate with much-vaunted executive experience to abandon his bid for the White House, according to reports.
Seen as a tested alternative to other establishment-friendly candidates like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Kasich entered the race by touting his wealth of experience and his desire to balance the federal budget. He cast himself as a “compassionate conservative,” highlighting his work to expand the safety net in Ohio for low-income people and people who struggle with drug addiction. As a popular governor of the ultimate swing state, Kasich gave some Democrats serious pause as they contemplated the prospect of him becoming the GOP presidential nominee.
But the momentum never really materialized for him.
Kasich’s decision to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, in particular, rubbed conservatives the wrong way. In October, the governor drew ire from some hard-liners in his own party when he suggested that opponents of the expansion ought to read the Bible.
After announcing his White House run in late July, Kasich rocketed into second place in the early primary state of New Hampshire. He did well enough in the polls to make the cutoff for the first major Republican presidential debate in Cleveland, where he earned high marks from the media. His campaign raised nearly $4.4 million during the third fundraising quarter, a respectable haul in the crowded field. more