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Hometown Paper Bashes Kasich’s 2020 Chances

"Political observers say Kasich's path to the White House is narrow – if it exists at all," the Enquirer wrote about Kasich's chances.

By NTK Staff | 12.04.2018 @12:00pm
Hometown Paper Bashes Kasich’s 2020 Chances

The Cincinnati Enquirer bashed Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s (R-OH) chances of becoming the next president of the United States in an article published on Tuesday that questioned if a path to the White House even exists for Kasich in 2020.

Kasich who has been a vocal critic of President Trump and was the last Republican to exit the 2016 primary hasn’t been shy about the fact that he is considering challenging Trump in 2020.

“We’re seriously thinking about it,” Kasich said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” recently. “We’re seriously talking about it with family and friends and political allies who have come to me about this.”

“Political observers say Kasich’s path to the White House is narrow – if it exists at all,” the Enquirer wrote about Kasich’s chances.

The first scenario that the Enquirer examined was a possible Republican primary challenge to Trump.

The Enquirer speculated that Kasich would focus on an early primary state like New Hampshire, which is a “more fiscally than socially conservative state.”

But the Enquirer was quick to point out that Trump has an 83-percent approval rating with Republicans in Iowa, which hosts the nation’s first caucus.

The Enquirer also pointed out that history isn’t on Kasich’s side, noting that only once in American history has a candidate “challenged a sitting president and gone on to win the White House,” and that James Buchanan in 1856.

The next scenario that the Enquirer examined was one in which Kasich runs as an independent as part of a unity ticket with someone like Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO)

The Enquirer was quick to point out the numerous challenges that such a ticket would encounter in America’s two-party political system.

“But third-party candidates face real challenges, such as raising enough money without a dedicated donor pool and understanding each state’s election laws well enough to mount a credible bid,” the Enquirer said.

Again, history is not Kasich’s side, as the most successful third-party candidate in American history was Theodore Roosevelt in 1912, who won just 88 electoral votes and was soundly defeated by Woodrow Wilson, who received 435 electoral votes.

The final scenario, which the Enquirer called “the least likely of the unlikely scenarios,” examined Kasich running to simply send a message.

In this scenario, Kasich would run not to win the presidency but “would run to cause a disturbance in the GOP party, making it more difficult for Trump to win.”

The Enquirer said that victory for Kasich in this scenario would be “a win in New Hampshire.”

With three very unlikely scenarios, each as unlikely of success as the next, and history working against him, what will Kasich decide next year?

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