‘Establishment’ GOP candidates duke it out in SC

John Kasich is among those trying to stand out, or just survive.

Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich. (Ed Crisostomo/The Orange County Register via AP)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are locked in a high-stakes political chess match in South Carolina, strategically moving money and other campaign resources around in a bid to pull ahead in the Republican primary race – or at least keep their campaigns afloat if they don’t.

The maneuvering comes as some Republican leaders fear Donald Trump or Ted Cruz will begin piling up the delegates needed to secure the nomination before one of the more traditional candidates can coalesce the support of voters turned off by the brash billionaire and fiery Texas senator.

So-called establishment Republicans believe nominating either Trump or Cruz would jeopardize the party’s chances of winning in November’s general election.

Meantime, Governor Kasich held a town hall meeting near Columbia, SC. He told his audience that he’s trying to maintain a positive campaign for president.

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