- - Monday, March 28, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The calls for Gov. John Kasich to leave the Republican presidential race are ridiculous (“John Kasich faces GOP calls to exit ‘16 race,” Web, March, 23). The most recent polls indicate that while Donald Trump is blown out of the water by Hillary Clinton by more than 11 points and Sen. Ted Cruz loses by two points, Mr. Kasich actually beats Mrs. Clinton by more than six points. So Mr. Kasich is running 18 points stronger than Mr. Trump.

While Mr. Trump is running so poorly that he likely would lose the Senate and possibly also the House, Mr. Kasich’s margin of victory over Mrs. Clinton could be enough to save the Senate. So the very best thing for the Republican Party and the country would actually be for Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz to drop out in favor of Mr. Kasich, who is far and away the strongest candidate left and the one who can send Mrs. Clinton into retirement.

The Republican leadership should try to talk Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz into doing just that — and the sooner the better.

JOE ARMOUR

Annandale

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