Maybe John Kasich is just a forward-thinking guy.
A few weeks ago, on the day of the Iowa caucuses, the Ohio governor was campaigning in New Hampshire. Now, while South Carolinians will be hitting the voting booths Saturday, Kasich will be spending the day in Massachusetts.
The plans underline Kasich’s strategy to win the minds of moderate Republican primary voters. Hence, a campaign schedule that has included early stops in states like Michigan and Massachusetts, both of which vote in early March. By comparison, South Carolina, as well as Iowa, are known for having a more conservative electorate.
“No disrespect to someplace where I’m not, but I’ve got to go where I think is the most fertile ground,’’ Kasich recently told The New York Times.
Not that Kasich has completely ignored South Carolina, either.
“We campaigned in South Carolina on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Tuesday, today, tomorrow and Friday,’’ Kasich campaign spokesman Chris Schrimpf told The Boston Globe. “After South Carolina votes the race moves on to other states including Massachusetts, where we will hit the ground running.’’
Kasich will hold a 3 p.m. town hall Saturday at the Hibernian Cultural Centre in Worcester. Then, according to the Globe, the governor will hold $2,700-a-ticket “early evening’’ fundraiser in Boston’s Back Bay.
As the Globe notes, Kasich could use the help from Boston’s deep pockets. As of the most recent filings, Kasich has the least financial assets of any candidate who survived the New Hampshire primary, where he finished second.
“Thank you New Hampshire; On to South Carolina & beyond,’’ the Kasich campaign’s website landing page read Wednesday evening.
Recent South Carolina polls show Kasich battling with Jeb Bush for fourth place. So emphasis on beyond, apparently.