Kasich campaign: Indiana results won't alter our plans

John Kasich’s presidential campaign announced Tuesday evening that the Ohio governor has no intention of dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination despite the increasing likelihood that front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpDOJ asks Supreme Court to revive Boston Marathon bomber death sentence, in break with Biden vow Biden looking to build momentum for Putin meeting DOJ tells media execs that reporters were not targets of investigations MORE will secure the nomination before the party's summer convention.


“Tonight’s results are not going to alter Gov. Kasich’s campaign plans,” Kasich’s chief strategist, John Weaver, said in a statement.

“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.”

In a second statement, after Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzBiden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage Cotton, Pentagon chief tangle over diversity training in military GOP senators press Justice Department to compare protest arrests to Capitol riot MORE dropped out of the race, Weaver added more. 

"Our party is facing a clear choice between positive solutions that can win in November and a darker path that will solve nothing and lead to Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNSA leaker Reality Winner released from federal prison Monica Lewinsky signs production deal with 20th TV Police investigating death of TV anchor who uncovered Clinton tarmac meeting as suicide MORE in the White House, a Democrat Senate and a liberal Supreme Court. As long as it remains possible, Governor Kasich will fight for the higher path. Ted Cruz ran a strong campaign, stood for conservative principles and exposed a lot about Donald Trump. Governor Kasich will continue to campaign and offer the voters a clear choice for our country."

Trump won the Indiana primary easily Tuesday night, guaranteeing him at least 30 of the state’s 57 delegates and putting him within reach of the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination.

The Ohio governor and Sen. Ted Cruz (Texas) had reached an agreement recently that Kasich would cede Indiana to Cruz as a last-ditch effort to block Trump from amassing delegates.

Updated at 9:59 p.m.