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Hundreds line up to see John Kasich in Worcester

John Kasich spoke to a crowd in Worcester Saturday.Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff

Hundreds of voters lined up to see Ohio Gov. John Kasich — in Massachusetts, not South Carolina.

Kasich is spending the day of the South Carolina Republican primary campaigning in Massachusetts and Vermont, states that vote on March 1. He was set to kick off an afternoon town hall in Worcester, Mass., following a morning meeting with in Burlington, Vermont.

Kasich said if he spent the day in South Carolina he'd be doing nothing more than yelling at people on their way into the polls saying ‘‘Hey, vote for me.’’

With that in mind, he’s campaigning in Massachusetts and Vermont instead. The two states hold primaries on March 1.


‘‘If somebody yelled at me as I was going to the polls, I'd vote against them,’’ he joked with reporters after a town hall in Worcester, Massachusetts.

He says he wishes he could have spent more time in South Carolina, but that he and his team ‘‘did everything we could do.’’

He'll watch the South Carolina primary results with supporters in Boston.

A cultural center in Worcester was packed with a standing-room only crowd waiting for Kasich and a line of people waited outside to enter the venue.

Kasich departed his town hall event. Craig F. Walker/Globe Staff/Globe Staff