Republican presidential nominee outsider John Kasich will host a town hall in Lima, Ohio, Friday at 8 p.m. EST in an attempt to gain additional support ahead of the state’s presidential primary Tuesday. Kasich, the governor of Ohio, has been in a perpetual state of catch-up since his Republicans rivals bested him in the Iowa Caucus at the start of February, but is counting on the winner-takes-all primary to thrust him back into contention.
A Fox News poll from Wednesday gives Kasich 34 percent to rival Donald Trump's 29 percent in Ohio. Sen. Ted Cruz is third with 19 percent, while Sen. Marco Rubio is far behind with 7 percent. The Ohio governor’s numbers are boosted by an incredible approval rating of 79 percent among Ohio Republicans, who view Kasich’s mild-mannered and measured approach favorably compared to his rambunctious rivals.
Despite those good numbers, the Fox poll also noted that nearly a quarter of Kasich supporters said they might vote for someone else.
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A live stream of the Kasich town hall can be seen on MSNBC here.
Since coming to power in Ohio in 2010, running unopposed in the Republican primary, Kasich, 63, has been popular among Ohioans. In 2014, he won a second term, beating his nearest rival by 30 points and winning all but two of the state’s 88 counties. His final term is over at the end of 2018.
That winning feeling has been missing so far during Kasich’s run for president. With 54 delegates so far, Kasich is in last place, just under 100 behind Rubio, more than 300 behind Cruz and a whopping 400 behind GOP front-runner Trump.
If the Ohio governor triumphs in his home state Tuesday, he will take all of the 66 delegates on offer.