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Why John Kasich May Shock The Nation Tuesday Night

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If success in the debates means anything, then John Kasich ought to have an incredibly strong showing in the New Hampshire primary.

Historically, especially in the 19th century, debates were essential to the process–like the famous Lincoln-Douglass debates–and often could catapult an unknown to the front of the line.

Kasich is doing well in New Hampshire polls, holding on to a 4-way tie for second place (14%) in a recent poll conducted by Monmouth University. The RCP average shows him in 3rd place, but only by half-a-point (13.5%). This is well within striking distance of Marco Rubio, who slightly trails Kasich by 2 to 3 points in the most recent polls from ARG and Gravis.

While he has a large gap to fill to catch up with front-runner Donald Trump (30%), his performance during Saturday’s debate could be the catalyst to launch his numbers on election day.

We have to solve problems in America by coming together, Republicans and Democrats, Americans first, party and ideology second.
John Kasich
“We have to solve problems in America by coming together, Republicans and Democrats, Americans first, party and ideology second,” Kasich said during the debate, delivering one of his strongest lines of the night.

CNN reported Sunday on Todd Graham’s opinions of the debate, who gave Kasich high marks for his performance. As a college debate coach, he has experience preparing hundreds of students for contests — teams that have won the national debate championships three times.

Todd Graham gave Kasich the only ‘A’ of the night, based on delivery and content. He presented himself as an easy-going, likable candidate.

Trump, Carson, and Bush all got ‘B’s’ for their performances. Ted Cruz, who hoped to carry momentum from his win in Iowa to New Hampshire, can’t be very happy about his ‘D’ grade.

Kasich had a good debate night, but there is one other thing that could change the game in New Hampshire: the ground game. Trump learned the hard way in Iowa that a commanding lead in public opinion polls does not mean much if you don’t have people on the ground getting supporters to the polls.

CBS News reports that Kasich held his 100th town hall of his 2016 campaign in New Hampshire on Friday. As of February 9, he had spent 69 days in the state. His super PAC dispatched 100 volunteers on Thursday for the final get-out-the-vote effort. Kasich has a strong ground operation to get supporters to the polls, something Trump doesn’t have.

You don’t have to be a registered party member to vote in the Republican primary in New Hampshire, and Kasich’s message about putting people above party could be the statement that wins the independents over to his campaign. Kasich has a long history of being willing to reach across the party divide as Ohio’s governor, something that independents like to see in a candidate.

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469 comments
David Yee
David Yee

Hard day of trolling makes anyone tired.... So who's the bigger "idiot," the person who writes this stuff, or the person who seemingly spends all day on the Internet trolling what others write? I'm sure our choices would be diametrically opposed, but still worthy of consideration (since you brought the idiot point up so many times....).

David Yee
David Yee

Wow... gone from slinging insults to a meeting out back behind the school house. Kudo's Don, you stooped lower than I could have envisioned.

Gabriel Beaven
Gabriel Beaven

Please be smart and dont vote for yoyo's like Rubiotron or Kaseless.

Kenneth W. Purdy
Kenneth W. Purdy

John Kasich is a wolf in sheep's clothing. Don't be fooled.

BJ Southam
BJ Southam

A great statesman and very Presidential

John Wright
John Wright

Yes they can and more they will come to join he campaign

Susan Dunnigan
Susan Dunnigan

The more I hear from him, the more I think that he may really be a fine candidate.

Christine Bailey
Christine Bailey

The only republican candidate that is not completely crazy.

Kathryn Sons Ridenour
Kathryn Sons Ridenour

He has a failed university is banned from one country because he did not fulfill his obligation when building a golf resort, none of his previous partners will work with him because he filed bankruptcy 4 times leaving them holding the bag ..what a guy and if you fact check his statements he tells the truth 25% of the time which means he lies 75% of the time

Beverly Underwood
Beverly Underwood

I hope not no one knows anything about him. How do we know how he can save America. He is not ready.

Jeff Marston
Jeff Marston

With his second place finish in NH, this will now be interesting to watch.  The rub for SC is that he doesn't have much in place there.  So, let's see how much people are listening and following these things.  Will he still get a boost in SC because of his NH finish? Will that finish help bring in the resources for a real effort in SC and elsewhere?

GregParker
GregParker

It's good to see a slightly more moderate Republican getting some attention. Key word: "slightly".

Gail Kelly Metz
Gail Kelly Metz

Of all the republican candidates, he is the most moderate....and more importantly....sane!

Carole Pica Pittman
Carole Pica Pittman

I'm from Ohio where Kasich is governor and I have to say- he is horrible!

Christopher Meng
Christopher Meng

Ben Carson is a brilliant neural surgeon but as far as president I think not. Look into his speeches about reporting what college professors say to thier students to the goverment for "Anti-American" speech...too much like McCarthism.

Billye Martin
Billye Martin

John kacich said seniors should "get over" lower social security payments. He is another republican who wants to cut social security and Medicare in order to give more money to the rich. Stop being conned ! No republican cares about the middle class and poor.

Billye Martin
Billye Martin

ATTENTION! Don't donate to actblue! They take a cut of the donations! They paid Google to get their name above Bernie's! Go to berniesanders.com to donate!

Vanessa Quinones Unterreiner
Vanessa Quinones Unterreiner

Trust me when I say he would be a horrible President. When he didn't get his way in Ohio trying to break up the Unions he sulked and pouted like a baby.

Roger Beck
Roger Beck

I'm an independent voter and there is NO WAY IN HELL that I would vote for ANY ReTHUGLIkkkan. There is NOTHING 'moderate' about John Kasich. FWIW

Daniel George Van
Daniel George Van

He thinks he's the smartest person in any room and won't hesitate to take and extra hour or so out of YOUR life to tell you so.

Mike Long
Mike Long

In the states and federal seats there ARE over 600 seat up for grabbs. NOW WE can Move Foward an Do This REVOLUTION. GO BERNIE GO LETS GET RIED OF THE GOP Obstructionist. that dont work for the USA ONLY GREED. Help Veterans, the Elderly, and Families by VOTING.

Bob Crickmore
Bob Crickmore

You said it Erin, I'm also independant, he's the only republican , that makes any sense, to bad the other dodos , will jump on him now.

Debi Sams
Debi Sams

TRUMP 2016.... no more career politicians

Doug Cox
Doug Cox

MY THOUGHTS ----- Donald Trump Commander in Chief 2016

Roger Pudder
Roger Pudder

Kasich would contribute to the INVASION !!!

Nancy Jean Harvey
Nancy Jean Harvey

I sure hope he doesn't become president people are making big mistakes up there in the Northern States .

Gary King
Gary King

Kathryn Sons Ridenour You head is full of something besides a brain.

Gary King
Gary King

NO they would be voting same old ame old most of us sick of that crap. No to Kasich

Yasir Shareef
Yasir Shareef

I hope so. Can't stand the other clowns in his party.

Donald A Stevens
Donald A Stevens

Sorry there Kissach. You but in, impolite, run over time and keep talking so much I have no idea what you said. Yack,, Yack, Yack. HUH ???

Norman Sandblast
Norman Sandblast

We don't want him in the Whitehouse even as a visitor. .

Laura Pierce
Laura Pierce

Watch Dr. Ben Carson on Youtube. I think you will find him very suited for the job. And very much a gentleman.

Eric Murray
Eric Murray

Only decent guy on that useless side. Still sucks

Chris Sandblast
Chris Sandblast

If he somehow gets the Republican nomination it will mean, once again, there will be no candidate worth voting for.

Kay Kropff
Kay Kropff

I don't trust Kasich. All I hear when he talks is I, I, I. He's career politician and we have had enough of them.

Nevil Williamson
Nevil Williamson

Bernie sanders scares the hell out of me! No one will remember john kasich a month from now.he represents why we are where we are.

Michael Robideau
Michael Robideau

He's nuts and has some weird facial ticks...highly nervous indivdual. Just my observations.

Marcel Deac
Marcel Deac

Meeeee. Ha ha ONLY DONALD TRUMP OK ONLY .