Kasich suspected to go cutthroat on Cruz; social media calls ‘dirty politics’ for VP spot

It’s getting ugly out there.

In his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is stepping up his campaign in Utah in an apparent effort to deny Sen. Ted Cruz the 50 percent vote he needs to win Utah’s 40 delegates.

If true, there’s only one major problem with this strategy — even if he wins every single remaining primary and caucus delegate, he cannot win the nomination without taking the fight on to a contested convention.

This was first disclosed by Associated Press western political reporter Nick Ricardi, who tweeted:

To secure the nomination, a candidate needs to be holding 1,237 delegates in his pocket. There are 1,059 up for grabs and Kasich’s current total is 143. Accordingly, were he to pick up every single one of those remaining 1,059 delegates, he’d still be 235 short.

This fact was observed by one:

But the Kasich camp replied that that wasn’t what they were doing at all — they simply wanted to deny Trump a partial Utah win. They tweeted:

Bearing Arms editor Bob Owens called hogwash on Team Kasich — he knows dirty politics when he sees it — and he called them out on it.

And others agreed, beginning with Allah Pundit.

Finally, syndicated columnist Phil Kerpen observed that Kasich’s stated strategy wouldn’t necessarily work by noting a huge legal monkey wrench.

In an email sent to his supporters Friday, Kasich admitted he was looking forward to a contested convention.

“Following our big Ohio win, we’re now focused on collecting delegates in Utah (will caucus on Tuesday) and the other major upcoming states like Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania and many others,” the email said.

And what’s their strategy from there? To “go into the convention with more momentum than any other candidate.”

Short of taking his own state, no one has yet seen this “momentum” he’s talking about.

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