Republican presidential candidate John Kasich says he is counting on New Hampshire voters to push him through to South Carolina. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich headed to a polling station in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday morning, where he is counting on playing the role of spoiler in the state's primary election. After winning the vote in Dixville Notch, the first town to vote in the state, the 63-year-old Ohio governor, told supporters he's feeling very good. "Well I carried Dixville Notch how could you not feel good? I just ran into the Trumper he said 'you killed me!' Kasich said a win in New Hampshire would push him on to South Carolina. Recent polls show he has about 12 to 14 percent of New Hampshire's voters support. "Look, it's not over yet. We have to do well here. Who knows what will happen. I think we've got 40 reporters going on a plane and one of them said, 'you better finish high because I paid money to go with you to South Carolina,'" Kasich said. The former congressman has staked the viability of his White House aspirations on New Hampshire, whose pivotal primary is part of the state-by-state contests to pick the party nominees for the Nov. 8 election to replace Democratic President Barack Obama. While well behind billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, Kasich's poll numbers are close to those of Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida who is seeking to build on his momentum after a third-place finish in last Monday's Iowa caucuses behind Trump and winner Ted Cruz, a U.S. senator from Texas.