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John Kasich casts presidential vote, but not for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative opening summit, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Cincinnati. AP Photo/John Minchillo

John Kasich has cast his presidential ballot – for 2008 Republican nominee John McCain.

Kasich, who lost the 2016 Republican presidential nomination to Donald Trump, wrote in Sen. McCain’s name instead of voting for Trump or his rival, Hillary Clinton, according to spokesman Chris Schrimpf.

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The former Republican presidential candidate has been critical of both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Schrimpf says in making his vote Kasich “went with someone he could support and also kept his commitment and demonstrated his support for down-ballot Republicans.”

Schrimpf says that Kasich voted straight-ticket Republican in the rest of the contests. And he’s given $2,700 from his presidential political committee, Kasich for America, to every Republican in a competitive Senate race.

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The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Kasich’s vote will not count, because McCain is not one of the certified write-in candidates on the Ohio ballot.

Kasich had vowed not to support Trump when he lost the nomination.

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Donald trump tells Ohio Governor John Kasich to ‘get over’ his loss in the Republican nomination – Aug 23, 2016

*with files from Global News.