Kasich staying in race to be Trump's VP, Cruz speculates
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Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief Boehner book jacket teases slams against Cruz, Trump Senate confirms Biden Commerce secretary pick Gina Raimondo MORE on Monday speculated that Republican presidential rival John Kasich is staying in the GOP race to be tapped as front-runner Donald TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm MORE's running mate.

“I have no good explanation," for Kasich staying in the race, Cruz said during a Fox News interview. “Maybe he’s auditioning to be Donald Trump’s vice president.”
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Cruz said that as the race stands, Kasich is keeping him and Trump from securing the 1,237 delegates needed to lock up the GOP nomination before the party's convention in July.
 
"If John Kasich were not in the race, we would get to 1,237. It is possible," Cruz said of his own odds, characterizing Kasich as the "spoiler" in the GOP race now.
 
Kasich is now mathematically unable to secure a majority of delegates through state elections and would have to wait to win them over when they convene at the party's convention.
 
Cruz acknowledged it would be "more difficult" for him to win the necessary delegates before a contested convention if Kasich stays in the race.
 
He expressed his growing frustration on the eve of voting in Arizona and Utah, where he and Trump are battling for support a week after Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP senators question Amazon on removal of book about 'transgender moment' CPAC, all-in for Trump, is not what it used to be Watch live: Day 2 at CPAC MORE dropped out of the race.
 
Kasich has long insisted he wouldn't become a vice presidential candidate, saying earlier this month there was "zero chance" he'd do it and that there was "no way" he'd team up with Trump.
 
Cruz made his remarks during a pre-taped interview with Fox anchor Bret Baier for his "Special Report" that aired before Kasich, Trump and Cruz spoke at a major pro-Israel conference in Washington.