Ohio Gov. John Kasich formally announced that he was suspending his campaign for president in a press conference late Wednesday afternoon, thanking Americans for giving him “a chance.”
“As I suspend my campaign today, I have renewed faith, deeper faith, that the Lord will show me the way forward, and fulfill the purpose of my life,” Kasich said in an address at the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio.
The Ohio governor said that his message—that “the spirit, the essence of America lies in the hearts and souls of us”—failed to resonate with some voters because “it wasn’t sexy.”
Yet he returned repeatedly to the lesson that he learned from his staffers and voters on the campaign trail: that “we need to live life a little bigger than ourselves.”
“Nobody has ever done more with less in the history of politics,” Kasich said, thanking his campaign team for their efforts.
Kasich was one of the last Republican candidates standing in a field that was once in the double digits. His departure clears the path for Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee.