Kasich defends staying in the race despite losses

Greg Nash

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 TrumpTrump tweets: Both candidates ‘should release detailed medical records’ Trump marks anniversary of March on Washington Don Cheadle reacts to Trump tweet on Dwyane Wade’s cousin 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.

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