- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he outperformed expectations on Super Tuesday and is now gearing up for a strong performance in his home state on March 15.

“I win Ohio, which I expect I will do, it’s a whole new ballgame,” Mr. Kasich said Wednesday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.” “I mean, it’s all back open again. Frankly, the race is wide open now.

“Everybody thought I would just be wiped out last night, and it did not happen,” he said. “We didn’t expect Super Tuesday to go very well, but we almost beat Trump in Vermont, we split delegates — we got the same number of delegates. Finished second in Massachusetts. We picked up delegates in Virginia — it was a good night for us, much better than expectations.”

GOP front-runner Donald Trump rolled to wins in seven states Tuesday, while Sen. Ted Cruz won three states and Sen. Marco Rubio won one state.

Mr. Kasich said if a candidate can’t win his home state, it’s time to move on.

“Marco has to win in Florida,” he said. “If you can’t carry your own state, you have to leave.”

Mr. Kasich said Mr. Cruz, who won his home state of Texas, as well as Oklahoma and Alaska, had a “good night” Tuesday.

“But now where does he go?” he said. “Does he take what he is up north? That’s really the question.”

• David Sherfinski can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

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