Kasich defends staying in the race despite losses
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Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday defended staying in the race for the Republican presidential nomination despite poor finishes on Super Saturday.

"Look, you were there when you put your game plan together in the old days, back when you weren't a broadcaster, and we have our game plan,” he told host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s "This Week."

"Our game plan was to do well in New Hampshire, which we achieved. We did better than people thought in South Carolina. And we continue to pick up delegates."

He repeated his argument that he would have stronger showings as the action moved north, to Michigan and Ohio, while rebuffing an NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll that has him in fourth place in Michigan.

"And forget that [Marist] poll,” he said. "I don't know who took it. I don't know what it's all about. If I thought that was true, I would tell you we're not doing better."

Kasich has tried to position himself as a candidate who can appeal not only to the conservative base of the Republican Party but also to centrist voters. So far, however, that has failed to gain much traction in a race dominated by the bombast of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpIG investigating Comey memos over classified information: report Overnight Defense: Congress poised for busy week on nominations, defense bill | Trump to deliver Naval Academy commencement speech | Trump administration appeals decision to block suspected combatant's transfer Top Pruitt aid requested backdate to resignation letter: report MORE.

On Saturday night, he came in fourth place in the Kansas and Kentucky caucuses as well as the Louisiana primary. He came in third place in Maine's caucuses.