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Ramesh Ponnuru

Trump vs. Kasich, the Rematch

Much as the president’s critics would like it to happen, there are at least three reasons why it won’t.

Who’d like to see a rematch?

Who’d like to see a rematch?

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Ohio Governor John Kasich and President Donald Trump celebrated a fellow Republican’s electoral victory by resuming their feud. Both of them backed Troy Balderson, who appears to have won a nail-biter last week in a special election for the U.S. House. Trump claimed, on Twitter naturally, that the race was close because Kasich is so unpopular. (Kasich has a net approval rating of 15 percent in Ohio, while Trump is at -1.) Kasich retaliated with a clip of Vladimir Putin laughing.

Will their rivalry move from Twitter to the presidential primary? Kasich has fans who would like to see him take on Trump (again) in 2020. But there are three facts working against Kasich’s ability to make it a real race.