Ohio’s Republican Governor John Kasich said on Sunday that he believes Mitt Romney will win his crucial battleground state in the election.
“Right now, I believe we’re currently ahead. Internals show us currently ahead,” he said, referring to the private polling candidates routinely conduct, reports NBC. “Honestly, I believe that Romney is going to carry Ohio.”
Auto industry politics are front and center as both candidates race toward the Election Day finish line, with Ohio polls nationwide showing a close race without a unanimous agreement on who has the edge, reports CNN. Still Kasich suggested that Romney will emerge the clear winner in Ohio, and that his success in that state will repeat on the national scale, winning the GOP candidate the presidency.
“The independent voters are trending heavily towards Mitt Romney and with those numbers, like that, it pretty well assures me we’re going to know,” Kasich said. “I’m not sure the election is going to be as close as what everybody is talking about today. And I’m not saying that to do spin. I’m telling that because that’s what I really do believe.”
Kasich credits the presidential debates as the turning point in the election:
“You look at his history and it tells you who the guy is,” Kasich said. “He’s pragmatic, no question about it, but he’s also tough and he’s firm and he understands job creation … I’ve never seen a debate have this much impact. The first debate gave people a chance to see him.”
Furthermore, the debates helped undecided voters relate to Romney:
“I believe that he was able to connect with people and they thought, ‘you know, maybe he does get me. And that was an important part of why there’s so much momentum in the state of Ohio right now,” he said.
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