Today’s campaign snapshots


John Kasich

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is laying out his plan to improve the economy during a town hall at a truck manufacturing company in the Chicago suburb of Lisle.

Several hundred people filled the atrium of Navistar Inc. for the first of two events the GOP candidate is holding in Illinois Wednesday. The state holds its primary on Tuesday.

Navistar’s CEO says they worked with Kasich with grow their business at the company’s plant in Springfield, Ohio.

Kasich says the key is to reduce regulations on businesses and lower corporate taxes. He says creating a business-friendly environment will help businesses create more and better jobs. Kasich says that’s the best way to help poor people improve their lives.

Marco Rubio

Senators who have endorsed colleague Marco Rubio for the Republican presidential nomination say they are still with him, but some are starting to sound less bullish after disappointing finishes in Tuesday night’s primaries and caucuses.

Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, a Republican who backs the Florida senator, said Wednesday he’s sure Rubio “would have liked to have won some states.”

Rubio failed to finish better than third four state contests.

Rubio’s campaign has focused on next Tuesday’s primary in his home state. When asked if it will be over for Rubio if he loses Florida, Flake said “I think everybody knows that.”

Ted Cruz

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is barely mentioning GOP presidential rival Marco Rubio, even on the Florida senator’s home turf hours before they debate.

Instead, Cruz introduced former candidate Carly Fiorina, who endorsed him at a campaign rally in Miami. Cruz then ripped GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

He said Trump would not nominate a conservative Supreme Court justice, but “seek compromise” with Democrats in Congress.


Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager says despite the loss in Michigan, she is moving closer to the number of delegates necessary to win the Democratic presidential nomination.

Robby Mook says in a call with reporters that while Clinton would have liked to win Michigan, she still ended the night with more delegates than rival Bernie Sanders because of her overwhelming victory in Mississippi.

He says that Clinton will compete hard in the five states that hold contests next week: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri and Illinois.