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Dick Morris: Kasich 'on an Ego Trip' by Staying in Race

By    |   Wednesday, 23 Mar 2016 05:41 PM

Is ego a key factor for Ohio Gov. John Kasich remaining in the race for the GOP presidential nomination, despite the fact he is distantly trailing billionaire developer Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in delegates?

Veteran political analyst Dick Morris tells Newsmax TV that appears to be the case.

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"There are two possibilities. Either Kasich is on an ego trip, which he probably is, or he's trying to amass a sufficient block of delegates to trade them to something at that convention, like the vice presidency," Morris said Wednesday to J.D. Hayworth on "Newsmax Prime."

"He's going to wait for a few more blue states to come in. Wisconsin, New York, and Pennsylvania."

Morris said the problem is that by the time those three states hold their primaries, the opportunity to defeat Trump, the Republican frontrunner, will have passed the Republican Party by.

"Wisconsin has 40 delegates, New York has 90, and Pennsylvania has 70 something. So you have almost 200 delegates there. If Kasich remains in the race through those three states, he'll drain enough votes away from Cruz so that Trump moves ahead and wins in this largely winner-take-all format," Morris said.

"It's complicated but in a lot of congressional districts, Trump would get all of the delegates. So there's a question of how long we can indulge John Kasich's ego trip — unless the fix is already in and Trump has promised him something to stay in the race and act as a spoiler."

Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, also said a lot ride could ride on whom Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida — who dropped out of the race earlier this month after a clobbering defeat by Trump in his home state — will release his delegates to.

"I believe most of them, almost all of them, will come to Cruz and that would put Cruz within about, I don't know, about 100 delegates of Trump and that's chicken feed. That's not a huge difference," Morris said.

"The real question is can Cruz get Kasich out of the race in time to win or do well in New York and Pennsylvania, which are the huge blocks of delegates.

"If he can do that and win like a third of the delegates in those states and win … smaller states like Montana, South Dakota, and so on that are usually winner-take-all, then everybody's in shape to be able to make it in California."

The Golden State, Morris said, has 172 delegates are up for grabs on the last day of the balloting, along with New Jersey, where there's a winner-take-all of 51 delegates.

"So the race is not as lopsided as you think, Morris said.

At the moment, Real Clear Politics reports, Trump leads with 739 delegates, with Cruz in second place with 465 and Kasich with 143. Rubio captured 166 delegates while was in the race.

Morris is the author of "Obama's Dangerous Plan for a One-Party Nation," written with Eileen McGann and published by Humanix.

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