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Kasich vs. Rubio

And now back to convention speculation.

Jennifer Rubin writes about just how far-fetched Kasich’s nomination is. Let’s say that neither Trump nor Cruz can get a majority of delegates, and that the delegates start judging the candidates based on their electability. Even in that scenario, she writes, why wouldn’t the convention turn to Marco Rubio instead? “He has won more victories and about 300,000 more votes than Kasich. Rubio is more popular with conservatives than Kasich. Unlike Kasich, Rubio did the honorable thing in leaving the race to allow a chance for a non-Trump candidate to prevail. Had he stayed in, he might well have done better than Kasich.”

Here’s the counterargument. Kasich polls better than Rubio against Clinton; he has not taken some of the positions Rubio has that would make Clinton’s job easier (abolishing the Department of Education, opposing abortion in cases of rape, ending taxes on capital gains); and he did better than Rubio in his home state. Kasich is a longshot, as she writes. But Rubio is even more of one.

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Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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