Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday night celebrated a huge victory in his home state and said he will continue to push forward toward the GOP nomination for president.
A gracious Kasich said that while his campaign "labored in obscurity for so long," he overcame being neglected and pulled off a major win.
“And all I can say is thank you from the bottom of my heart. We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination,” Kasich added.
Kasich pinned his entire political campaign on his home state. He conceded that Ohio was a critical victory for him and said late last month that he would drop out if he lost there.
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Kasich will be awarded all 66 of the state’s Republican delegates.
A Trump supporter briefly interrupted the beginning of Kasich's speech.
Shortly after winning in Ohio, Kasich’s campaign sent an email to supporters asking for contributions to help him compete in future primary contests.
During his Tuesday speech, the governor maintained that he will not turn to negative campaigning.
“I want to remind you again tonight I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land," Kasich said as one of his biggest applause lines.
Looking forward, he said his campaign is headed to Philadelphia on Wednesday and encouraged supporters to come out around the country.
"I want you to continue to do what we've doing all over this country. I'm getting ready to rent a covered wagon. We're going to have a big sail and have the win blow us to the Rocky Mountains and over the Rocky Mountains to California," he said.