Kasich suspends presidential campaign, Trump now presumptive GOP nominee


(CNN/FOX) — Then there was one.

After a bitter presidential primary that started with 17 Republican contenders, the GOP race is now down to one man: Donald Trump.

John Kasich announced Wednesday: “As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith deeper faith that the Lord will show me the way forward.”

“I think John is doing the right thing,” Trump said.

After Trump badly beat Ted Cruz in Indiana’s Republican primary, the Texas senator saw the writing on the wall and suspended his campaign Tuesday.

That left two in the Republican race for president, but the Ohio governor had no clear path to victory. Cruz and fellow former candidate Marco Rubio had more delegates.

Late Tuesday, the Kasich camp was still attempting to play spoiler to Trump, but by Wednesday, Kasich said he had a change of heart.

“The Lord may have another purpose for me,” he declared.

With that, Trump moves forward as the presumptive Republican nominee for president.

“I’m just very happy with the way it worked out,” Trump said. “I would be interested in vetting John. I like John.”

Former rival Ben Carson will lead Trump’s vice presidential search and vetting team.

After extolling himself as free from influence because he’s financing his campaign himself through the primaries, Trump’s planning to start fundraising for the general soon.

“I think it’s most likely that I will, because, you know, you’re talking about a billion dollars, or a billion and a half dollars,” he said. “All I have to do is sell a building, but you know, I think that probably I’m looking, I’m not looking for myself. I’m looking for the party.”

Trump’s offering to raise money for other Republicans amid rampant fear among those running for Congress and other offices that Trump’s polarizing candidacy will undermine their own.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are still battling for the Democratic nomination.

Although Sanders is mathematically out of the delegate race, he is still standing.

“I think we can pull off one of the great political upsets in the history of the United States and in fact become the nominee for the Democratic party,” Sanders said.

Clinton is already shifting her focus to a Trump-Clinton match-up come November.

“I don’t think we can take a risk on a loose cannon like Donald Trump running our country,” Clinton said.

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