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MANCHESTER, N.H. – At the unveiling of his New Hampshire headquarters Friday, Governor John Kasich made clear the fate of his campaign still rests with Granite State voters.

“We’ve got about 128 days to go until the NH primary,” said Kasich, a Republican from Ohio. “We do well here, we’re moving on. We do terrible here, it’s over. No confusion about that. This is very, very important to us.”

Since Kasich entered the GOP primary for president this summer, he has climbed the New Hampshire polls by spending significant time and resources in the state. But in the last couple weeks, Kasich has broadened his campaign to spend more time in Iowa, home of the caucuses that come before New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary.

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On his multi-stop, day-long swing through the Granite State, Kasich emphasized that New Hampshire remains paramount to his success in the White House race. Speaking to a small crowd of around 150 people, Kasich urged his supporters to get involved, put up signs, and recruit others for his campaign.

“Is this the only thing that matters? No,” Kasich said. “But I’ve got to tell you, my faith is in the people of New Hampshire to make a decision about somebody’s capability, their willingness to change this country, to be independent, and to make sure that all of us have a place in terms of the future of the United States of America.”

The governor has assembled a high-profile team in New Hampshire, lead by former US senator John Sununu, for his state campaign. He most recently received endorsements from two other Granite State Republicans: former US senator Gordon Humphrey and former state government official Peter Thomson.

In the most recent poll of Granite State Republicans, Kasich tied for fourth place at 7 percent with former Florida governor Jeb Bush. That CNN/WMUR poll showed businessman Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina in the lead.

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Nationally, Kasich ranks much lower among the crowded GOP field of 15 candidates, showing 2 percent of support in a recent poll from USAToday and Suffolk University.


Rory Sheil can be reached at rorysheilofficial@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @RorySheil.