In one of the most unusual moves and perhaps the only time in history a presidential candidate’s campaign is telling people to vote for a different candidate in Tuesday’s Ohio primary.
The candidate’s campaign director told CNN on Friday morning that Rubio’s supporters in Ohio should cast their votes for John Kasich—a move designed to prevent Donald Trump from winning the state’s winner-take-all primary next week and leaving the door open for a contested convention later this summer. “If you are a Republican primary voter in Ohio and you want to defeat Donald Trump, your best chance in Ohio is John Kasich,” Alex Conant said in an interview on the cable network, adding: “That’s stating the obvious.”
Marco Rubio communications director Alex Conant, who just days ago attempted to dispel CNN’s report that the Florida senator was planning an imminent campaign suspension, appeared on the network again Friday to urge Ohio Republicans to join him in an unusual strategy.
As a clear GOP voter coalition emerges to take down unconventional front-runner Donald Trump, Conant conceded the best way to achieve this goal is to back John Kasich, not Rubio, in the Ohio primary.
“If you are a Republican primary voter in Ohio and you want to defeat Donald Trump,” Conant said, “your best chance is John Kasich.”