John Kasich Delivers First Victory Speech After Do-Or-Die Ohio Win

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“We’re going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination,” the Ohio governor said to cheers and chants of his name.

Former Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio may not have been able to score a victory in his home state of Florida, but Ohio Gov. John Kasich — who was barely a part of presidential race up until now  managed to come atop party front-runner Donald Trump and slow down his streak of victory by snagging a win in his home state.

Kasich, who said he would bow out if he didn't win Ohio, took the stage Tuesday night with his wife and daughters to deliver the first victory speech of his campaign.

“We’re going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination,” Kasich, who still trails Trump by about 400 delegates, said to the chants and cheers of his name. “We’ve got one more trip around Ohio this coming fall and we will beat Hillary Clinton and I will become president of the United States.”

Although the White House hopeful got rather teary-eyed during his speech, he maintained that he started out at the bottom of the pack and has now moved way closer to the nomination than many predicted.

“I labored in obscurity for so long — people counting me out, people in Ohio saying, ‘Why don't they ever call on him?’” Kasich said. “But we put one foot in front of the other. And I want to remind you again tonight that I will not take the low road to the highest office in the land.”

The governor defeated the billionaire business mogul by about seven points in the make-it-or-break-it primary that polls projected as a toss-up.

Watch his complete victory speech in the video above.

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