Kasich gaining momentum heading into Michigan primary

Republican Presidential Candidate John Kasich

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is gaining support heading into the Michigan primary.

Kasich hasn’t won a primary, but he has come in second in three states. A recent Monmouth University poll suggests Kasich has a good chance of beating out some of the other candidates.

“It looks like Kasich is really gaining a lot of momentum. In the first couple of days that we polled he was only at 17 percent, but he has jumped up to 26 percent in the last few days,” Monmouth University Polling Director Patrick Murray said.

Murray said Donald Trump and Marco Rubio are going down in the polls and Ted Cruz and Kasich are moving up. Kasich’s jump could be in part because Murray said the Ohio governor is sticking to his strategy heading into an industrial state like his own.

“John Kasich just stood out there all by himself, not part of the fray,” Murray said. “This kind of John Kasich lean that I think there’s nobody else occupying this particular part of the electorate of, ‘I’m just going to hang out here until you guys notice me’ is actually starting to work.”

A strategy that could pay off heading into Michigan’s primary.

“I think it’s going to be a fairly good day for Kasich,” Murray said. “He could come in a strong second and even potentially nip by Trump for first place in Michigan.”

It’s a race Murray said he will be watching closely.

“It was the one thing that really jumped out of all the things that we’re doing in this poll that there does seem to be some Kasich momentum,” Murray said.

NewsChannel 15’s Holly Campbell will be covering the primary Tuesday from Coldwater, Michigan and will have live updates and 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. followed by a complete wrap-up of the voting at 11 p.m. on Nightcast.

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