He's No. 2: It's a Big Night for John Kasich

He will finish second in New Hampshire
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 9, 2016 8:42 PM CST
It's a Big Night for John Kasich
Ohio Gov. John Kasich visits a polling station in Manchester, N.H.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Donald Trump may have cruised to an easy win in New Hampshire, but the night is proving to be a huge boon for John Kasich as well. The Ohio governor will finish in second place, reports ABC News, giving his once-flagging campaign a potentially life-saving boost. He was the top-searched Republican candidate on Google Tuesday in New Hampshire, suggesting that voters on the fence were gravitating toward him. In fact, exit polls show that he and Trump each got 21% of "late deciders," reports Fox News, while Kasich trailed only Trump among independents (36% to 17%). Overall, he was polling at 16% in incomplete returns.

Kasich invested a lot of time in New Hampshire, and the big question now is whether he'll have the money and manpower to compete in the subsequent states, notes the Wall Street Journal. “We’re going to be just fine,” he said earlier Tuesday. "Sometimes we put it together with baling wire and duct tape. But we always seem to get it done." Kasich also made clear that he's looking beyond South Carolina's primary on Feb. 20. On Monday, he'll be campaigning in Michigan, which votes on March 8. (More John Kasich 2016 stories.)

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