John Kasich on Tuesday night thanked his supporters in Michigan after falling short to GOP presidential front-runner Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump over golf gif hitting Clinton Trump Jr. declines further Secret Service protection: report Report: Mueller warned Manafort to expect an indictment MORE and swiftly turned his attention to his home state of Ohio’s primary.

Trump edge out the Ohio governor, who made a late charge in Michigan. The real estate mogul also claimed victory in Mississippi.

“I want to thank the people of Michigan. … It’s an incredible state. And the people are so nice and I had such a great time,” Kasich said during a speech in Cleveland.

“But I have to tell you, I landed in Cleveland today, and I got down on my hands and knees and almost kissed the ground to be back in the state of Ohio,” Kasich continued.

Kasich said he’ll continue his positive campaign as his remaining GOP rivals keep lobbing attacks at the front-runner as they vie to be the anti-Trump alternative. Kasich argued that this strategy will bring him to victory in his home state’s winner-take-all primary next Tuesday.

“I want you to know I’m going to continue to run a positive campaign and not get down in the gutter and throw mud at anybody,” Kasich said. “So I think the people are beginning to reward a positive campaign.

“And because of that, just wait one week from tonight, we’re going to win the state of Ohio and it will be a whole new ball game,” he added.

Trump narrowly leads Kasich in recent Ohio polls, but the governor remains optimistic that he can fend off Trump and keep him from clinching the GOP nomination — and possibly push the race to a brokered convention this summer.

“And I believe that when we win next Tuesday, we will send a message not just to the country, but we’re also going to send a message to the world that positive ideas coupled with vision and accomplishments, lifting everyone and getting us to remember that we’re Americans ... before we’re Republicans and Democrats and conservative principles will work to rescue this country,” Kasich said.