Teary-eyed, Kasich held a press conference, and gave a heartfelt speech invoking his mother, wife, and his faith.
“As I suspend my campaign today I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life.”
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) May 4, 2016
The announcement comes a day after Ted Cruz dropped out, following a crippling loss to Donald Trump in the Indiana primary.
Late Tuesday night Kasich said that he would be continuing the race, but those plans changed overnight.
Kasich dropping out leaves Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee for the Republican Party.
John Kasich has only won one state in the primary season—his home state Ohio, where he’s governor—and trails Trump by over 900 delegates.
Trump got the news while doing an interview with Time.
“So Kasich is dropping out,” he mused after getting a phone call. “Hmm … That’s big. I didn’t think that was going to happen.”
Trump followed up by focusing on Hillary Clinton and party unification.
“So now I’m going to be focused on Hillary and you’ll be dealing with me and we’ll see what happens,” he said, predicting most of the Republican Party would unify behind him.
Trump later talked to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, saying, “I think John’s doing the right thing.”
Blitzer then asked Trump if he was going to vet Kasich as a vice presidential nominee.
“I would be interested in vetting John. I like John. I’ve had a good relationship with John. I’ve gotten along with him well.”
Trump said Wednesday that he’s going to set up a committee to help vet potential vice presidential candidates, and Dr. Ben Carson will be on the committee.