Following an internal vote Wednesday, the Cook County Republican Party has chosen to support Ohio Gov. John Kasich in his bid for the presidency.
According to party chair Aaron Del Mar, Kasich received 58 percent of support, with Ted Cruz receiving 29 percent and Donald Trump receiving 2 percent. Marco Rubio, who was recently endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, received 0 percent of the vote.
Del Mar explained that an outright endorsement would require a candidate to receive 60 percent of support. Nonetheless, Kasich will receive the group’s “recommendation.”
Kasich, who currently holds 54 pledged delegates, trails Trump, Cruz and Rubio. Trump holds 458 delegates, Cruz holds 359 and Rubio holds 151.
According to a recent Capitol Fax/We Ask America poll of 1,009 likely Republican voters, Trump received 33 percent of support, with Cruz receiving 20 percent, Kasich receiving 18 percent and Rubio receiving 11 percent.
The poll was administered on Monday.
With the March 15 primary less than a week away, many of the GOP candidates have shifted their attention to Illinois.
Trump will hold a free rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago’s Pavillion Friday.
Cruz will headline the Northwest Suburban Lincoln Day Dinner and attend an Illinois Republican Party fundraiser Friday.
Kasich appeared at a town hall event at a truck manufacturing company in suburban Lisle Wednesday, laying out his plan to improve the economy.
Kasich also held a Town Hall at Palatine’s Park District Community Center Wednesday.