YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Republican field of candidates started at 17, now Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich are the only ones left.
Kasich celebrated his first victory Tuesday night, sweeping Ohio and its 66 delegates. That win is key for Kasich’s campaign but he has a lot of work ahead of him.
Delegates are different in each state. Some are a winner take all, others are proportional. Either way, Kasich needs those wins to come close to front-runner Donald Trump. Kasich says he’ll win the nomination at the Republican National Convention in July by keeping up his momentum following Tuesday’s win and getting his message out to voters.
Mahoning County Republican Party Vice Chairman Tracey Winbush said Kasich has to pull double duty now by holding off Trump and continuing to collect delegates. She says with Marco Rubio dropping out of the race, Kasich needs to pull in those votes, which will get him closer to the numbers Cruz and Trump are getting.
The breakdown of the Republican vote in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties didn’t favor Kasich. In fact, Trump was the hands-down winner.
“Mahoning County has always been different and gone against the grain,“ Winbush said.
Raw unofficial election results:
Trumbull County – Kasich
Kasich – 34.07%
Mahoning County – Kasich
Kasich – 37.41%
Trump – 50.61%
Cruz – 8%
Columbiana County – Kasich
Kasich – 37.43%
Trump – 46.56%
In Mahoning County, many voters switched parties for the primary. According to the Board of Elections, more than 35,000 people voted Republican Tuesday – that’s up 15,000 from 2012.
Kasich was in Philadelphia Wednesday for a town hall meeting, starting his race for the April Pennsylvania primary.