COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — In a crowd full of supporters, it might have appeared Gov. John Kasich had won the Michigan primary.
About 200 people filled the room at the Renaissance Hotel in Columbus where Kasich hosted a watch party for Tuesday’s primaries with the home crowd.
With voters heading to the polls in Mississippi, Idaho, Hawaii, and Michigan on Tuesday, Kasich had his focus set on one of those states.
“When you think about where we’ve come in the great state of Michigan from basically single digits where people said, ‘How’s he going to do?’ to where we are, in all likelihood, going to finish in second place,” said Kasich.
Supporters from around the country gathered for Tuesday night’s watch party. There, Kasich promised to continue running a positive campaign focused on bringing jobs to the nation and not leaving anyone unaccounted.
In attendance was Jim Raby who was invited by his son, Mark, who is a Kasich supporter. Raby said while he may fear Republicans controlling the White House and Congress, he felt Kasich was the best man for the job.
“John Kasich is maybe one Republican I would trust to be the gatekeeper, so to speak,” said Raby. “No matter what, I want to make sure that Donald Trump does not become our next President. That scares me.”
Trump’s success at the polls has appeared to bring out others in search of a candidate they find agreeable. Raby’s sentiment was mirrored by others in attendance at Kasich’s watch party.
“Kasich is the most qualified candidate and he has the most experience,” said Cody Jackson. “He’s kind of moderate which is better than Donald Trump.”
Defeating Trump, however, has not been easy for any candidate during the primaries. Trump has won 14 states as of Tuesday. Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have won 6 and 1, respectively.
Kasich has not won a primary. It is something he vows to change when Ohio heads to the polls on March 15.
“We’re all familiar with March Madness and now the home court advantage is coming north,” said Kasich. “Next week, we are going to win the state of Ohio and it’s going to be a whole new election.”