Tuesday, May 5, 2015

John Kasich's presidential campaign hinges on one last question: Can he raise enough cash?

Wherever John Kasich goes these days, people – mainly reporters, but also some curious Republicans – have the same question.

Is the Ohio governor running for president?

Kasich never gives a yes or no and, really, it's almost absurd to ask. He has a national fundraising committee, formed in part to test whether the GOP's big-money crowd will invest in his White House prospects. This week he will make his third trip in less than two months to New Hampshire, which hosts the nation's first primary. He has been on at least one news show each of the last three Sundays.

Bottom line, Kasich is running until he says he's not. And this week at a downtown Cleveland pizza shop, as he worked through a couple of slices of pepperoni, he made clear there is only one thing that can keep him from running: A lack of dough.

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