KASICH: I'm staying in the race until Trump hits the magic number

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Kasich: Republicans will be "wiped out" if Trump is nominee

John Kasich is staying in the Republican presidential race, his campaign said Tuesday.

After finishing a distant third in Tuesday's Indiana primary, the Kasich campaign's chief strategist, John Weaver, sent out a memo announcing the Ohio governor will remain in the race until Trump secures the GOP nomination.

Trump, the GOP frontrunner, secured a massive win in the state. The race was called moments after the polls closed.

"Tonight's results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich's campaign plans," Weaver wrote in the memo. "Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention."

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MT. PLEASANT, SC - FEBRUARY 10: Republican presidential candidate John Kasich talks to an overflow crowd outside of Finn's Brick Oven Pizza February 10, 2016 in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. The South Carolina Republican primary will be held Saturday, February 20. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)
11/3/95 - Rep. John R. Kasich (R-OH), seated 2nd from left, and Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-NM) in the dark suit standing, go over their response to President Clinton's radio address just prior to recording the radio broadcast in the Senate studio. Kasich was casually dressed as the House was out of session for the weekend. (Photo by Robert A. Reeder/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, holds the Republican budget plan during a debate with Budget Director Alice Rivlin, Thursday Oct. 19, 1995 at the National Press Club in Washington. Kasich said that the Republicans have a deal to balance the budget in seven years and will not wait to balance any longer. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, points to his head during a Capitol Hill news conference Thursday Nov. 16, 1995 to discuss the federal budget impasse. Earlier, President Clinton pledged to veto the latest Republican attempt to end the three-day-old partial federal shutdown, dismissing the GOP measure as "an exercise of political power." (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
U.S. Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, flashes the victory sign as he walks with his new bride, Karen Waldbillig, down the steps of St. John's Episcopal Church in Worthington, Ohio, after the couple exchanged wedding vows Saturday, March 22, 1997. Kasich and Waldbillig, who had been dating for eight years, plan to build a home in Delaware County. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Ellis)
D:\BOB\budget3.tif - slug: NA/BUDGET date: May 2, 1997 photog: Robert A. Reeder TWP The Rotunda of the Capitol description: GOP happy with their signed budget John R. Kasich (R-OH) is having a particularly good time during the GOP announcement of a new budget in the Rotunda of the Capitol. In front of him is Speaker Newt Gingrich. (Photo by Robert A. Reeder/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, left, shakes hands with Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., during the announcement of the budget Friday, May 2, 1997, at the Capitol. Trading combat for compromise, President Clinton and Republican congressional leaders announced agreement Friday on a plan to balance the budget while bestowing tax breaks on families, investors and students. (AP Photo/Joe Marquette)
As his wife Karen, left, watches, U.S. Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, stops in for a haircut by Joe Swiezynski in Milford, N.H. Monday Feb. 15, 1999. Kashich is on a two-day campaign swing through New Hampshire seeking support for his presidential bid in the nation's earliest presidential priamry scheduled for about a year from now. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
Presidential hopeful Sen. John Kasich, R-Ohio, center, rides a dog sled Sunday, March 14, 1999, on Lake Winnepesaukee in Laconia, N.H. Kasich participated in the World Championship Sled Dog Derby award ceremony and is in the state looking for support for his run for president in 2000. (AP Photo/Joel Page)
John Kasich, Republican Congressman from Ohio and presidential hopeful, makes a point during an interview on a stop on a campaign swing through Los Angeles on Tuesday, March 30, 1999. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, warms up before a celebrity softball game Saturday, July 3, 1999, in Dyersville, Iowa. Kasich and fellow presidential hopeful Bill Bradley were part of a unique mix of baseball and politics, as presidential candidates and Hall of Fame legends took up the cause of a disgraced player who died nearly 50 years ago. Nostalgia and baseballs filled the air in a city put on the map by the movie ``Field of Dreams,'' which was about a fantasy baseball game involving Shoeless Joe Jackson. (AP Photo/Rodney White)
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Republican presidential hopeful, Texas Gov. George W. Bush, left, and Rep. John Kasich, R-Ohio, sport Bush baseball caps during a news conference in Washington Wednesday July 14, 1999 where Kasich announced he would end his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination and endorse Bush. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
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Former Ohio congressman John Kasich attends the Republican National Convention at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, Wednesday, September 3, 2008. (Photo by Harry E. Walker/MCT/MCT via Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC- Dec. 01: Governor-elect John Kasich, R-Ohio, and House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, during a news conference after their meeting with other Republican members and governors-elect. Boehner is the presumed House Speaker for the 112th Congress. (Photo by Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images)
John Kasich, governor of Ohio, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S., on Friday, Jan. 14, 2011. The Cleveland Medical Mart and Convention Center will include a 100,000 square foot medical mart and an adjoining convention center with 230,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. The facility is expected to open in September 2013. Photographer: David Maxwell/Bloomberg via Getty Images
COLUMBUS, OH - MARCH 30: Ohio Governor John Kasich works long hours with staff on his new budget proposal at his office, in the Ohio State House office, Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Newly elected republican Ohio Governor John Kasich is working toward to balancing an Ohio budget in deficit through a budget proposal with extensive budget cuts, spending reform, and changes in labor laws, including restrictions on collective bargaining. (Photo by Melina Mara/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
US Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (2nd L) waves alongside Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman (L) and Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) during a campaign stop at Tom's Ice Cream Bowl in Zanesville, Ohio, on August 14, 2012. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages)
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COLUMBUS, OHIO - JULY 21: Ohio Governor John Kasich gives his speech announcing his 2016 Presidential candidacy at the Ohio Student Union, at The Ohio State University on July 21, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. Kasich became the 16th candidate to officially enter the race for the Republican presidential nomination. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images)
CONCORD, NH - FEBRUARY 09: Republican presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign gathering with supporters upon placing second place in the New Hampshire republican primary on February 9, 2016 in Concord, New Hampshire. Kasich lost the Republican primary to Donald Trump, though he upset fellow Republican governors Chris Christie and former Governor Jeb Bush. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Weaver called out Trump's "disrespectful ramblings" as a reason why Kasich presents a stark contrast to the Manhattan billionaire.

"The comments from Trump, on the verge of winning in Indiana, heighten the differences between Governor Kasich and his positive, inclusive approach and the disrespectful ramblings from Donald Trump," he wrote. "Prior to tonight's primary, the Kasich campaign had already secured a large plurality of Indiana delegates committed to Governor Kasich at a multi-ballot convention as part of the pre-primary delegate selection process."

"Gov. Kasich will remain in the race unless a candidate reaches 1,237 bound delegates before the Convention," he continued.

Read the full memo below:

Tonight's results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich's campaign plans. Our strategy has been and continues to be one that involves winning the nomination at an open convention. The comments from Trump, on the verge of winning in Indiana, heighten the differences between Governor Kasich and his positive, inclusive approach and the disrespectful ramblings from Donald Trump.

Prior to tonight's primary, the Kasich campaign had already secured a large plurality of Indiana delegates committed to Governor Kasich at a multi-ballot convention as part of the pre-primary delegate selection process.

The Indianapolis Star wrote about our success two weeks ago. You can read about it (here).

Gov. Kasich will remain in the race unless a candidate reaches 1,237 bound delegates before the Convention.

Here's why:

I. Gov. Kasich remains the candidate best positioned to win a contested convention.

• A plurality of Trump delegates will support him after the first ballot.

• He can unite the Party better than anyone else. Trump's cynical sowing of division will render the GOP into angry, irrelevant status for decades.

II. Gov. Kasich is the only Republican who can win in November.

• Delegates want to win in November, and only Gov. Kasich can defeat Hillary Clinton. According to the Real Clear Politics polling average Clinton leads Trump by more than 6 points on average. Meanwhile, Gov. Kasich leads Clinton by over 7 points. A Trump nomination means the end of a Republican Congress and scores of local, legislative and state constitutional offices will be lost for a generation.

III. Gov. Kasich offers Republicans and Americans a refreshing choice of hope, inclusion and conservative reform.

• Nearly 60 percent of GOP voters have voted for a candidate other than Donald Trump. Republican primary voters deserve to have a choice in the remaining contests and we intend to forcefully give them one. Americans overwhelmingly want to vote for Governor Kasich in a general election. A detailed analysis of the Electoral College confirms Governor Kasich is the only one who can win. Both Trump and Cruz would lose to Clinton by considerable margins in a head-to-head race, winning just 210 and 206 Electoral College votes, respectively. By contrast, Kasich comfortably defeats Clinton, racking up 304 Electoral College votes to her 234. Read the full analysis (here).

IV. The future of the Republican Party and America is at stake. Gov. Kasich will not simply give up.

• The Mad Hatter Gibberish pushed by Trump during the primary would weaken America. His proposals would divide us, put American workers in the unemployment line and put our national security at risk. And a Clinton presidency would be at least four more years of international drift, a liberal Supreme Court, and more big government at the expense of job creators, entrepreneurs and families.

V. Gov. Kasich has the experience, vision and leadership abilities needed in our next President.

• A Kasich Presidency means a conservative Supreme Court; the return of money, power and influence to the states; a balanced budget and tax reduction, unleashing job creators; faith that our nation's challenges can be solved by families and local communities; and a White House that prioritizes doing what's right over what's political expedient.

This is the stark choice that confronts Republicans between now and when a nominee is chosen in Cleveland. Gov. Kasich looks forward to continuing to compete with Donald Trump in the upcoming primaries through California on June 7th.

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