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Kasich heads to Villanova for town hall today

Fresh off a decisive win in his home state's GOP presidential primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at Villanova University.

Fresh off a decisive win in his home state's GOP presidential primary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich is at Villanova University.

The Republican presidential candidate is holding a town hall, which started at noon, at the Villanova Room in the university's Connelly Center.

The town hall comes amid new momentum for Kasich's campaign. The governor picked up his first primary victory on Tuesday in Ohio, taking its 66 delegates in the winner-take-all state and handing a loss to frontrunner Donald Trump.

The governor also answered questions from the audience.

In advance of the event, a line snaked around the crowded building.

Kasich referenced the town hall in his primary night speech, telling supporters: "Tomorrow, I'm going to Philadelphia." And then, he said, he would go all over the country leading up to the GOP convention in Cleveland.

"We are going to go all the way to Cleveland and secure the Republican nomination," he said.

Trump remains in strong position after his defeat, remaining far ahead of second-place Texas Sen. Ted Cruz in the delegate count, but Kasich's win complicates the billionaire businessman's path to the GOP nomination.

The Ohio governor's campaign believes Kasich, who was born near Pittsburgh, can do well in states like Pennsylvania, which holds its primary April 26.

If Kasich were to battle through a contested convention to win the GOP nomination, Pennsylvania would also be a crucial state in his general-election campaign. A Mercyhurst University poll released this week found that Kasich holds leads above both former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen .Bernie Sanders among voters in the important swing state, while each Democratic candidate topped both Trump and Cruz.

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