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Transcript Of John Kasich’s Concession Speech Is Amazingly Humble


On Wednesday, Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced he was suspending his presidential campaign. Kasich's concession speech comes after a 13-month long effort by the 63-year-old governor to secure the GOP nomination. Standing before a crowd of supporters and press in Columbus, Ohio, Kasich received a lengthy ovation from those gathered. Kasich spent several minutes lovingly thanking his wife Karen for her support. Following on the heels of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's GOP primary concession on Tuesday night, billionaire Donald Trump has now become the presumptive GOP nominee for President of the United States in November's election.

Kasich's path to the presidency had been a relatively unimpressive one; the GOP hopeful was only able to secure a single primary victory — Ohio, his home state — out of 40 primary and caucus races since the Iowa caucus in February. Kasich had only garnered 153 total pledged delegates — a mere 12 percent of the 1,237 delegates needed to clinch the nomination at the Republican convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in July. Some might argue it's better for Kasich to drop out now rather than face the hard truth in his home state at the Republican National Convention.

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ANNAPOLIS, MD - APRIL 19: Supporters listen to Republican presidential candidate John Kasich during a campaign town hall meeting in the ballroom at a Crowne Plaza hotel April 19, 2016 in Annapolis, MD. Voters are going to the polls in the New York primary election today where Kasich and his fellow candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) are hoping to keep their rival for the nomination Donald Trump from winning all 95 of that state's delegates. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Despite a lengthy note posted Tuesday night on Kasich's campaign Facebook page stating that Indiana's primary results would not "alter Gov. Kasich’s campaign plans," it appears those campaign plans changed as of Wednesday morning. Kasich failed to appear for a scheduled campaign press briefing Wednesday morning at Washington Dulles International Airport; his campaign then announced the Wednesday morning briefing was canceled and that Kasich would host a press conference at 5 p.m. Eastern Time in Columbus.

A full transcript of Kasich's speech can be found below:

Whatever Kasich does next, with his dropout speech on Wednesday, he undeniably left an important mark on the Republican landscape — and will likely continue to do so with class in the days to come.