WASHINGTON (AP) – John Kasich is taking in stride the fact that he earned only five delegates in Tuesday’s five primaries, highlighting that he did better that rival Ted Cruz.
Kasich took second in Maryland, Delaware, Rhode Island and Connecticut, while Cruz bested Kasich in his native state of Pennsylvania. Cruz gained three delegates. Trump, by contrast, gained 109.
Kasich’s campaign says it “remains true” that only the Ohio governor can defeat Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Spokesman Chris Schrimpf says, “Like (Donald) Trump, Ted Cruz can’t defeat Hillary Clinton.”
The statement comes even as Kasich and Cruz have formed a fragile alliance aimed at depriving Trump of the 1,237 delegates needed to win the GOP nomination prior to the convention.