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Jeb Bush to NH: Pick me, not John Kasich

Kasich at his 104th New Hampshire town hall meeting

Adam Smith

Kasich at his 104th New Hampshire town hall meeting



The most immediate obstacle to Jeb Bush's path to the nomination is not Donald Trump or Marco Rubio. it's the guy pictured here (a couple minutes ago in the Plaistow Public Library), Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Three governors, Bush, Kasich and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are trying to emerge from New Hampshire Tuesday with a credible reason for why they they should continue to press on into South Carolina's Feb. 20 primary rather than step aside and let Republicans coalesce around Rubio as the main alternative to Trump or Ted Cruz.

Bush has the resources and the infrastructure to campaign aggressively in South Carolina, but if he can't beat Kasich and Christie in New Hampshire, he will head into South Carolina with little or no momentum. Most polls show Chrisrue lagging the other two in that "governors' lane" in the GOP primary, which explains why the Bush campaign is out with a new TV ad telling Granite Staters that Kasich supported an assault weapons ban, Medicaid expansion, and Defense cuts and that Bush is more conservative.

[Last modified: Monday, February 8, 2016 11:17am]


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