Now that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has exited the presidential race, GOP members of the Ohio congressional delegation seem resigned to lining up behind Donald Trump, who no longer has opposition for the Republican nomination.
“I have not endorsed Donald Trump, but I certainly will be supporting the Republican nominee,” said Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who earlier endorsed Kasich.
A spokesman for Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, said his stance has always been that he will support the nominee.
“We need to support whoever our nominee is,” Jordan told C-SPAN last month.
Trump’s decisive win in Indiana on Tuesday knocked out Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced that he was suspending his campaign shortly after the results came in.
Kasich, whose lone primary win was Ohio, waited until Wednesday to announce he was quitting the race.
Sen. Rob Portman, who is locked in a tight contest against former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, said he will support whoever the Republicans nominate, who now almost certainly will be Trump.
Likewise for Rep. Bob Gibbs, R-Lakeville, and Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati.
Dallas Gerber, a spokesman for Gibbs, said Gibbs would work with the GOP nominee “to institute policies that enhance our national security and promote economic growth to provide opportunities for all Americans.”
He did not mention Trump by name.
Others were more specific.
“The electorate has spoken and Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee,” said Rep. Jim Renacci, R-Wadsworth. “I will support the Republican nominee.”