John Kasich thanked the voters of New Hampshire on Tuesday after they delivered him to a second-place finish in the state’s Republican presidential primary.

“The media kept saying, 'how are you going to do this,'” Kasich said at a rally. “You know what I said? I have an insurance policy. It’s you, it’s all of you. How does a guy like me thank you for the countless hours, phone calls, door knocking?


“There’s magic in the air in this campaign because we don’t see this as another campaign,” he continued. “We see this as opportunity for all of us ... to be involved in something that’s bigger than our own lives.”

Kasich staked his hopes for the GOP nomination on a good showing in New Hampshire and is now ensured of continuing the race in South Carolina and Nevada. Those states could prove tougher for his brand of politics, which appeared to work with Granite State voters, including independents.

The Ohio governor credited his success to a positive campaign.

“We have had tens and tens of millions of dollars spent against us with negative advertising,” Kasich said. “See that’s the old politics. We never went negative because we have more good to sell than to spend our time being critical of someone else."

“And maybe just maybe, at a time when clearly change is in the air ... we’re turning the page on a dark part of American politics, because the light overcame the darkness,” he added.

A super-PAC aligned with Kasich, New Day for America, did launch an ad campaign critical of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE, who won New Hampshire’s primary.