Politifact: Could Kasich be GOP nominee?

Posted at 7:02 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-15 20:25:10-04

A distant third in the delegate count, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is still holding out hope for the nomination.

He says history shows, he could leave the GOP convention with the nomination even though he's not the front runner.

TODAY'S TMJ4 putting that claim to the test with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Poltifact team.

Republicans have had 10 conventions in which no candidate had won a majority of delegates, Kasich said, and "only three out of 10 times was the front runner selected. Did you know? You didn’t know that. I know you don’t know that."

"So, seven times, somebody who was not the leader of delegates was selected as the nominee of the party."

The Ohio Governor made that comment while talking with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and for good reason. Kasich is way behind in the delegate count needed to win the republican nomination.
Kasich is right, seven GOP candidates throughout history were selected as the party's nominee despite not being the front runner.

But - and this is important - it was during a different time and different era.

"The primaries were not as important as they are now." said Greg Borowski with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "It was much less likely that someone would come in with a majority of delegates. We felt like the comparison, while the numbers were correct, there is such a difference in the time today versus then, that it needed to be qualified. That's why we came up with a mostly true rating.