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Kasich tells Portland town hall he will 'keep going'

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Gov. John Kasich answered several questions from a Portland town hall audience about small businesses, education and working with congress. (KPTV) Gov. John Kasich answered several questions from a Portland town hall audience about small businesses, education and working with congress. (KPTV)
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The Republican race for the White House ran through Oregon, and as ballots were being mailed out to voters, Ohio governor John Kasich was trying to make his case in the Beaver State.

Kasich headed to Medford after holding a town hall in Portland Thursday.

About 400 people attended the event to listen to Kasich, who faces an uphill battle for the GOP nomination.

Kasich spoke for 30 minutes, touting his experience as governor and in congress, even saying people stopped him at the airport to thank him for giving them hope.

He also answered several questions from the audience about small businesses, education and working with congress.

Kasich’s key message is that he is the only Republican who can beat Hillary Clinton in the fall, but to do that he first has to beat Donald Trump.

He told the crowd that if Trump doesn’t have the exact amount of delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention, he won’t be picked as the nominee.

And despite the odds stacked against him, Kasich said Thursday that he was staying in the race because he wants to give people a choice.

“It’s really a matter of the name ID and people knowing who I am,” Kasich said after the event. “Of course I fit the state out here better than they do, because this is a state that is not really hard core conservative.”

A few of the people at the town hall told Fox 12 that they are Democrats who don’t want to vote for Clinton, so they came to the event to see if Kasich deserved their support.

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