Kasich challenges Bush in NH

Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich speaks at a town hall style meeting Tuesday, July 21, 2015, in Nashua, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

PETERBOROUGH, N.H. (AP) — Even at his own rallies, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is a stranger to some New Hampshire voters.

Karen Bednarski is one. She packed into one of the Ohio governor’s three New Hampshire appearances this past week, saying she had learned about his White House bid for the first time within the last week.

It may not matter that she and many in the audience didn’t know how to pronounce his name, didn’t remember his 18 years in Congress and hadn’t heard about his overwhelming re-election last year in one of the nation’s premiere swing states.

Even as a mystery, Kasich has emerged as a threat to his better-known Republican rivals.

He is among those betting they can capitalize on New Hampshire’s tendency to favor pragmatists over ideologues.

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