In both the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries, every Southern state has already voted. Not only that, most of the Midwestern and New England states have cast their ballots as well. Even some Western states have had their say.
The one region that hasn’t voted: the mid-Atlantic.
With Tuesday’s Ohio Primary, however, we now have the results of a bordering state. Furthermore, Governor Kasich’s victory in his home state has inspired him to seek further victories in the Northeast. In fact, his next stop was Villanova University in Philly.
He also has infrastructure in the commonwealth and a boatload of endorsements, including: former Governors Tom Ridge and Dick Thornburgh; Congressman Charlie Dent; and Senate President pro tempore Joe Scarnati.
Finally, Kasich is actually a native Pennsylvanian who was born in McKees Rocks.
So does Ohio indicate that Kasich will have some support in western PA?
It certainly doesn’t look like it. Appalachia stuck with Trump as not a single Ohio county on the PA border went for Kasich. Therefore, don’t be surprised to see the Ohio Governor lean more toward the eastern half of the state as he tries to ride the Acela corridor to a coveted victory on April 26th.