John Kasich told a crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) that he's putting his money on the likelihood of a contested Republican convention where no candidate comes in with the nomination secured.  

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“I don’t think anybody is going to get that," the presidential contender said Friday when asked if someone will win the majority of delegates ahead of July's convention.
 
"As crazy as this year is — theres no one here who would say this isn’t nuts — can you think about anything cooler than a convention?”
 
Kasich has long said his path toward viability is winning his home state of Ohio. He said that it is "unlikely" that any candidate could win the majority of delegates before the convention in July, adding that any candidate not named Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIvanka Trump pens op-ed on kindergartners learning tech Bharara, Yates tamp down expectations Mueller will bring criminal charges Overnight Cybersecurity: Equifax security employee left after breach | Lawmakers float bill to reform warrantless surveillance | Intel leaders keeping collusion probe open MORE would have to win more than 50 percent of the delegates outstanding in order to lock up the nomination ahead of the convention. 
 
The contested convention is likely the only viable path for Kasich, who is lagging by hundreds of delegates behind the rest of the field. 
 
While the Ohio governor smiled as he talked about the possibility of a contested convention, he warned that the party elites can't control the process once it gets there. 
 
"It has to be done fairly ... you can't have a bunch of people in smoke-filled rooms," he said. "My only fear of the convention is that these connected interests would dominate.”
 
Kasich continued his optimistic message in his speech preceding the question-and-answer session with Fox News's Sean Hannity. He argued that politicians can't defeat Trump with attacks, as rivals Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOvernight Defense: Tillerson, Trump deny report of rift | Tillerson says he never considered resigning | Trump expresses 'total confidence' in secretary | Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad Rubio asks Army to kick out West Point grad with pro-communist posts GOP establishment doubts Bannon’s primary powers MORE and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzWhatever you think the Alabama special election means, you’re probably wrong This week: Congress gets ball rolling on tax reform Week ahead: Senators work toward deal to fix ObamaCare markets MORE have furiously tried, but instead need to use kindness.
 
"You will not beat him by smearing him, you will beat him by having a vision and record who shows people who are frustrated," he said. 
 
"The key is who has the record and vision, not just political jiberish," he said. "I've already done these things I just want to get back and do it again.”