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GOP Presidential candidate John Kasich makes stop in CT

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GOP Presidential candidate John Kasich talks with Eyewitness News reporter Matt Campbell. (WFSB) GOP Presidential candidate John Kasich talks with Eyewitness News reporter Matt Campbell. (WFSB)
Lines formed before the start of the Kasich event at Glastonbury High School. (WFSB) Lines formed before the start of the Kasich event at Glastonbury High School. (WFSB)
Doors open at Kasich's event. (WFSB) Doors open at Kasich's event. (WFSB)
There was standing room only at Kasich Town Hall in Glastonbury. (WFSB) There was standing room only at Kasich Town Hall in Glastonbury. (WFSB)
GLASTONBURY, CT (WFSB) -

Republican Presidential candidate John Kasich made a campaign visit in Connecticut on Friday night ahead of the state’s Tuesday's primary.

Kasich was in Glastonbury as part of a town hall event hosted by the Glastonbury Republican Town Committee. Kasich made his second stop in Connecticut. He visited Fairfield earlier in the month.

The Ohio governor left an afternoon fundraiser at the Hartford Club. Kasich is currently in last place in the Republican race, but is picking up some steam. He finished second in the New York primary this week and according to one poll, he's getting the most support he's ever seen.

"It's all you can do in life, do the best you can, let people get to see you and let the chips fall where they may," Kasich said. 

In Connecticut, the latest Quinnipiac Poll shows Kasich still comes in at a distant second to Donald Trump. In a state where GOP leaders said many Republicans are moderate, Eyewitness News asked Kasich if that was a concern.

"Only in the last five weeks or so did people begin to understand who I am, so we're sort of trailing, but all the national polls indicate that I'm the only one who can beat Hillary Clinton," Kasich said. "That's what I think will happen at the convention. We're going to go to the open convention and the delegates will have to decide who can actually be president."

Kasich rejuvenated on Friday because of the polls, ones that show he's the only Republican candidate that can beat Hillary Clinton in November. 

"There have been 15 national polls and I win in every single one of them and the other guys can't win," Kasich said in his speech. 

Other groups suggest Kasich isn't doing well in Connecticut because of his stance on women's rights. The governor opposes abortion and said he would de-fund planned parenthood. 

State Sen. Tony Hwang (R-28) is the chairman of Kasich's Connecticut team and said he's hoping voters look at where the governor stands on all issues. 

"We can agree to disagree that's the greatness of this country, the greatness of Republican values in Connecticut," Hwang said. "We have a diverse viewpoint, but at the end of the day, we want to be able to guarantee economic sustainability."

Talking about terrorism, equal wages for women, immigration and more, voters got the chance to get to know him. Eyewitness News spoke with a Democrat, Republican and Independent after the town hall and some of their minds were changed.

"After hearing him, I'm more convinced. He's someone who emphasizes being an American first and a Democrat or Republican after," said Ian Cheney, an Independent. 

"He seems to have integrity, but also seems to address the issues," said Joyce Purtle, a Republican. 

"I would vote for John Kasich because I believe he's a more sincere candidate as opposed to Mrs. Clinton," said Colin Gregonis, a Democrat. 

Friday's event is being held at Glastonbury High School at 330 Hubbard Street, starting at 5:30 p.m. The doors opened just before 5 p.m.

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