Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Kasich gets the big New Hampshire story he needed. Is the 'prince of light and hope' here to stay?

CONCORD, N.H. – Ohio Gov. John Kasich needed to be the big story coming out of the New Hampshire primary.

He did his part Tuesday by winning the race that mattered most – the race for second place in a large and muddled Republican presidential field.

The strong showing elevates Kasich as a top alternative to Donald Trump, the billionaire real estate mogul whose angry rhetoric frightens the party's establishment.

Trump won New Hampshire decisively, recovering from his collapse last week in the Iowa caucuses. But Kasich beat everyone else, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whose third-place finish in Iowa rocketed him to the front of the establishment lane.

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