John Kasich: 'This thing is gonna go to the convention'

Story highlights

  • John Kasich said Friday that he expects a contested Republican convention in July.
  • The Ohio governor has bet his presidential campaign on a win in his state

(CNN)John Kasich said Friday that he expects a contested Republican convention in July.

"Listen, when I win Ohio, and we're doing better in other northern states as well ... this thing is gonna go to the convention," the confident Ohio governor said on CNN's "New Day.
    The Ohio governor has bet his presidential campaign on a win in his state, which coupled with strong showings in other friendly northern states, he plans on using as a springboard toward the nomination. But Kasich's comments Friday were an explicit admission that even a series of victories in later nominating contests may not be enough to win the nomination outright.
    "That's what I think is gonna happen," Kasich said of a contested convention. "It's gonna be a very exciting time, and why not?"
    "In this crazy, crazy year, of all the things that have been said, all the fighting that's gone on -- you know, whatever crazy can happen seems to."
    Ohio will vote in the Republican primary on March 15 and awards its delegates on a winner-take-all basis.