Ohio’s governor John Kasich announced today that he is running for the Republican nomination for president, making him #16 to do so. In his favor is the fact that although he is pretty much a standard issue pro-oligarchy conservative, he is not a totally hateful nutso candidate, which makes him slightly different from most of his competitors.
In his announcement, Kasich made the obligatory nod to god and also gave an interview in which it appears that he is pretty religious, something that has not been too obvious in his public persona as governor of this state. He started out as a Catholic, an altar boy, but now attends a church that is part of the splinter group that broke away from the Anglican church over the ordination of a gay bishop. This breakaway denomination does not ordain LGBT priests or allow for female bishops, so it is pretty much supports your standard Republican platform.
However, Kasich did support Medicaid expansion for Ohio, favors a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and supported a ban on assault weapons, all of which will hurt him in the primaries. He said that his religious beliefs about compassion for the poor were what drove his action on Medicaid expansion, though I doubt that the party hardliners will forgive him for that accommodation to Obamacare.
Meanwhile Donald Trump continues to dominate the Republican race and lead the polls. As the first debate draws near on August 6th, the latest top ten averages for participating consists of Trump, Bush, Walker, Rubio, Huckabee, Paul, Carson, Cruz, Christie, and Perry. Kasich is at #12 with 1.6%.
The lowest Perry has an average of just 2.4%, barely separating him from #11 Santorum who has 1.8%. Since the margin of error is around 3%, they are really in the noise range.