Detroit Free Press endorses Kasich as GOP's last ‘reasonable’ choice
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The Detroit Free Press has endorsed Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Michigan’s upcoming GOP presidential primary, calling him the “one reasonable choice” remaining in the 2016 field.

“President Kasich? We'd hardly stand up and cheer. But among the choices available on GOP side, it's the best outcome available,” the newspaper’s editorial board wrote Sunday.

While the newspaper acknowledged that Kasich is not a moderate “by any stretch of the imagination,” it praised his more nuanced approach to issues like climate change, Medicaid expansion and the educational standards in Common Core.

It also cited his willingness to “break step with Republican ranks” to oppose extreme views that have come to dominate the 2016 race, largely because of GOP front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE.

Kasich picked up the endorsement about a week before the state’s primary on March 8.

While the newspaper’s support gives him a boost, he remains far behind in polls in Michigan and all other upcoming primary states. He is behind Trump in polls even in his own state, which heads to the polls on March 15.

The Detroit Free Press also endorsed Democratic front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonChris Murphy’s profile rises with gun tragedies DNC, RNC step up cyber protections Gun proposal picks up GOP support MORE on Sunday, praising her as the “best choice” for Democrats.

"Clinton alone possesses the experience, maturity and pragmatic managerial instincts to navigate the rocky road to 2020," the editorial board wrote.