February 10, 2016 4:24 AM EST

A couple of months back, few would have predicted Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s strong performance in the New Hampshire primary. The governor held a total of 106 town halls in the state, focusing most of his limited resources in New Hampshire.

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At his election night watch party, Kasich maintained the positive tone that has become a hallmark of his campaign.

“Maybe, just maybe we are turning the page on a dark period in American politics,” he said. “Tonight, the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning.”


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