Kasich: “Forget about” him dropping out of race

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Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich meets with supporters during a campaign stop at Michigan State University, Monday, Feb. 15, 2016, in East Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

WASHINGTON (AP) – John Kasich is sending a message to Republicans who think he should drop out of the GOP presidential contest: “Forget about it.”

With Jeb Bush out of the race, Kasich’s and Marco Rubio’s campaigns are in a fierce battle to become the so-called establishment alternative to front-runner Donald Trump.

Kasich’s campaign is running a strategy that relies on surviving through the March 1 Super Tuesday contest and winning Michigan’s March 8 primary. Kasich says people need to “chill out” because there’s a “long way to go” in the GOP nominating contest.

Then, Kasich says he’d love to take on Trump in his home state of Ohio, which holds its winner-take-all primary on March 15.

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