Just like that, speculation over the 2020 presidential race just got louder.
Ohio Governor John Kasich is coming out with his fourth book. It’s called “Two Paths: America Divided or United.” It is due out April 25th.
The book is expected to draw contrasts between Kasich and President Donald Trump. Kasich only won one state in the Republican primary in 2016, but he stuck around until there were only three candidates left. After he dropped out of the race, Kasich did not endorse Trump. He also chose not to give a speech at the Republican convention, even though it was in his home state.
COLUMBUS, OH – MARCH 30: Ohio Governor John Kasich works long hours with staff on his new budget proposal at his office, in the Ohio State House office, Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, March 30, 2011. Newly elected republican Ohio Governor John Kasich is working toward to balancing an Ohio budget in deficit through a budget proposal with extensive budget cuts, spending reform, and changes in labor laws, including restrictions on collective bargaining. (Photo by Melina Mara/ The Washington Post via Getty Images)
This book is likely to create some buzz around a possible primary challenge in 2020.
If history is any judge, a successful primary challenge to an incumbent President is very unlikely. Ronald Reagan challenged Gerald Ford in 1976. Ted Kennedy ran against Jimmy Carter in 1980. And, Pat Buchanan took on George H.W. Bush in 1992. None of them won their party’s nomination.
Kasich, so far, has refused to comment one way or another when asked about the possibility of a primary run..