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Ohio Gov. John Kasich writes in John McCain for president, vote won’t count

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PHOENIX — Ohio Gov. John Kasich officially cast a ballot for U.S. Sen. John McCain for president, but his write-in vote won’t count.

According to, a spokesman for the former Republican presidential candidate said Kasich felt more comfortable voting for McCain than party nominee Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton or Libertarian Gary Johnson.

However, Ohio law requires a write-in candidate to be registered with the state. As McCain is not — he was in 2008, when he actually was on the Republican presidential ticket — Kasich’s vote for him will not be counted. The remainder of his down-ballot votes for other Republicans will be counted.

Kasich’s decision to not vote for Trump if far from a surprise. The Ohio governor did not set foot inside the Quicken Loans Arena earlier this year, where Trump was named the nominee during the party’s national convention.

He also denounced Trump after video of the nominee making sexually aggressive statements about women was published by the Washington Post.

“Donald Trump is a man I cannot and should not support,” Kasich said in an Oct. 8 statement. “The actions of the last day are disgusting, but that’s not why I reached this decision, it has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about. I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country. Our country deserves better.”

McCain also pulled his support for Trump after the video surfaced.

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