Kasich returns to mingle with backers, endorse in gov’s race

Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative opening summit, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Cincinnati. Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at the Regional Judicial Opioid Initiative opening summit, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, in Cincinnati. Accidental drug overdoses killed 3,050 people in Ohio last year, an average of eight per day, as deaths blamed on the powerful painkiller fentanyl again rose sharply and pushed the total overdose fatalities to a record high, the state reported Thursday. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich is returning to New Hampshire for the first time since taking second place in the state’s Republican presidential primary.

Kasich will mingle with supporters and weigh in on the Republican gubernatorial primary. He’s backing Chris Sununu, the brother of former U.S. Sen. John E. Sununu, a top Kasich ally. Kasich is campaigning with Republicans across the country but hasn’t endorsed any other non-incumbents in contested primaries.

Kasich is making his love for New Hampshire clear, prompting speculation he’ll run for president again. His second-place finish in the state’s February primary allowed him to stay in the GOP primary contest but largely failed to launch him into the top tier of candidates. He was the last Trump opponent to drop out but won only his home state.

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