Ohio Gov. John Kasich, running a distant third in the Republican presidential primary but hoping to force a contested convention, holds little traction in California, trailing both Donald Trump and Ted Cruz by double digits here, according to a Field Poll this week.
But he is making inroads in the Legislature.
Kasich on Friday announced the endorsement of Assembly Republican Leader Chad Mayes, of Yucca Valley. Assemblyman Rocky Chávez, R-Oceanside, endorsed Kasich earlier this week.
Both Mayes and Chávez had previously been undecided in the race. Earlier this year, 11 Republican lawmakers had lined up behind Marco Rubio, the Florida senator who has since dropped out.
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In a prepared statement, Mayes said Kasich’s “proven record of supporting job creation, balancing budgets and bringing people together around solutions that lift everyone is exactly what Californians deserve from their leaders.”
California is expected to factor heavily in the nominating contest, awarding a trove of delegates on June 7. The result could help Trump, the national frontrunner, amass the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the nomination, or deny him that threshold.