John Kasich will appear on April’s Republican primary ballot in Pennsylvania, next door to his home state of Ohio where he whipped front-runner Donald J. Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Tuesday. Kasich’s opportunity to continue the fight for the nomination here was in question after representatives of Marco Rubio’s campaign challenged Kasich’s petitions, claiming the Ohio governor did not submit enough valid signatures to appear on the ballot. On Wednesday, a day after the Florida senator suspended his campaign, Rubio student operative Nathaniel Rome dropped the Commonwealth Court filing he initiated, said Chris Bravacos, CEO of the Bravo Group and brother to the attorney representing Rome. Bravacos said Rome asked to withdraw his objection to the Kasich nominating petition. He did not elaborate.
In the final days of Rubio’s campaign, as he tried desperately to win Tuesday’s primary in his home state, he encouraged his supporters in Ohio to vote for Kasich, “a truly magnanimous gesture,” according to Republican media consultant Bruce Haynes, partner at Purple Strategies in Washington.
Rubio lost badly to Trump in Florida and dropped out; Kasich won in Ohio and continues. Now Kasich, 63, a Pennsylvania native, is trying to pick up Rubio’s Pennsylvania campaign organization.
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