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Republican Gov. Kasich says he can't support Donald Trump

Kasich unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination in 2016. (Source: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons) Kasich unsuccessfully ran for the GOP nomination in 2016. (Source: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he definitely will not support Donald Trump.

The Republican governor had declined to endorse his former primary rival. Kasich was one of the last GOP candidates to drop out of the primary after it became clear there was no viable path to stopping Trump.

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On Saturday, Kasich described Trump as "a man I cannot and should not support."

He said, "I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country."

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Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges says there will be no punishment for state GOP officials who drop their support of Trump over his crude comments about women in a 2005 video.

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine also released a statement via his personal Twitter, saying in a series of Tweets, "Donald Trump's comments are wrong, repulsive and unacceptable. No one should ever talk about anyone that way. His comments fall short of the standard we should expect of our public officials, and while it is appropriate that he has apologized, he must demonstrate the sincerity of his apology through his actions moving forward." 

Ohio is a must-win state for Trump in the November election.

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