Ohio Gov. John Kasich talks 1-on-1 with NH1 News in Newmarket on Jan. 25

Jan 26, 2016 9:46 PM

Steinhauser-First on NH1 News: Kasich to spend caucus day in N.H.

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – John Kasich’s campaign schedule tells the story.

As NH1 News first reported on Monday, the Ohio governor and Republican presidential candidate will spend next Monday, the day that Iowa holds its caucuses, in New Hampshire. As of now Kasich appears to be the only candidate in either party that won’t be in Iowa that day.

Watch: Inside look at Kasich ground game in N.H.

Kasich’s been spending most of his time and resources in the first-in-the-nation primary state since launching his White House bid in July. He’s closing in on 80 town halls in the Granite State, more than any other candidate in either party this election cycle.

Watch: Kasich, Christie, talk 1-on-1 with NH1 News

Kasich will be in Iowa for Thursday’s Republican presidential debate, but returns to the campaign trail in New Hampshire by Saturday morning.

Asked Monday by NH1 News if he’s writing off Iowa, where he’s low in the polls, Kasich said “there’s only so many resources to go around for us and we’re very comfortable here. I mean it’s one-point-three million and everybody is pretty centrally located and Iowa’s a different challenge and a different environment so we don’t disrespect the people there but this has been a lot of emphasis of ours and as we build out across the country.”

Kasich stands in second place, at 15%, in a new NH1 News Poll of Polls, which averages the most recent public opinion surveys of likely GOP primary voters in New Hampshire.

In a one-on-one interview with NH1 News, Kasich wouldn’t answer whether he needed to finish second or third in the February 9 primary, but he did say “we’ll decide that on the 10th. We’ll see where we are and make an assessment as to whether we should move on and I expect that we will. I think with our ground game, with all the work we’ve done here, I feel really good about things.”

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