Kasich announces presidential bid

BY DI STAFF | JULY 22, 2015 5:00 AM

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has joined the seemingly endless list of Republicans seeking their party’s presidential nomination.

Kasich is the 16th notable candidate to announce a bid, following Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who launched his campaign last week.

The 63-year-old announced his candidacy at Ohio State University, and 2,000 people attended the event.  

“I am here to ask you for your prayers, for your support, for your efforts because I have decided to run for president,” Kasich said at the event.

Of all the declared candidates, Kasich has visited Iowa the least. 

In the past year, he visited the state once. He stopped at the 2015 National Junior High Finals Rodeo on June 24 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, in which a team from Ohio was participating. That same day, he made numerous stops in Des Moines and a meet-and-greet in Council Bluffs.

Though Kasich has not been in Iowa very much, he is not last in polling for the state. 

Two percent of likely Iowa caucus-goers said Kasich would be their first choice for president, according to a Quinnipiac University Poll released in June. With a 3.8 percentage-point margin of error, Walker leads at 18 percent.

Former New York Gov. George Pataki and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are behind Kasich in the Iowa polls.

Kasich has yet to announce a trip to Iowa, but he will head to New Hampshire for a two-day tour.

— by Rebecca Morin

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