Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio has dropped out of the GOP primary, leaving presumed nominee Donald Trump without any challengers. The business mogul is now pivoting toward the general election.
On May 4, a day after Trump’s victory in the Indiana primary, Kasich’s camp announced that he was dropping his presidential bid, less than 24 hours after Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas had also withdrawn from the race.
Trump was being interviewed by TIME Magazine when he learned of the news that his last remaining opponent in the Republican primary had folded.
“That’s good,” Trump responded off the cuff. “That’s interesting. It’s very interesting. So Kasich is dropping out. Hmm… That’s big. I didn’t think that was going to happen.”
Without any remaining challenges going into the final slew of GOP primary contests, Trump is all but guaranteed to garner the 1,237 delegates needed to lock up the party nomination. The business mogul is now setting his sights on competing against the presumed Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
“So now I’m going to be focused on Hillary and you’ll be with me and we’ll see what happens,” Trump said. “And I think we have a very strong case against Hillary. As far as the Republican Party coming together, it will, maybe not 100 percent, but it’ll come together by 99 percent and the 1 percent I don’t want and it won’t have any impact.”
The business mogul added that he would attack Clinton using the same argument made by her Democratic primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“Bernie actually said she’s unqualified because she’s got bad judgment and it’s true,” Trump said. “She’s unqualified because of the fact that her judgment is so bad.”
Later, Trump commended Kasich for withdrawing from the race.
“I think John is doing the right thing,” Trump told CNN. The business mogul even signaled that he may be seeking Kasich as a running mate for his general election ticket.
“I think John will be very helpful with Ohio,” Trump said.
The business mogul had disclosed that he will announce his vice presidential pick in July, before the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, The New York Times reports.
Already beginning his search for a vice president, Trump has appointed retired neurosurgeon and former Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson to head a committee for vetting prospective running mates.