NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — John Kasich wants to go from worst to first in the 2016 presidential race — and to do that, he has to perform well in New York.
Kasich spent Saturday introducing himself to Westchester County voters in a standing room that was overflowing with supporters at Iona College in New Rochelle.
About 700 voters, including students, packed into a gymnasium for the town hall meeting.
The Ohio governor is a distant second place and even third in some polls ahead of the April 19 New York primary — a contest that hasn't mattered in 40 years.
Kasich is still making the case that he has the best shot of defeating Hillary Clinton in the general election despite the fact that he is lagging behind the delegate fight. The Republican voters are listening to Kasich's claim that he would beat Clinton. The underdog candidate says he will lower taxes and balance the budget.
"We need to make sure numbers get under control and we have to cut taxes so they have in wallets and small businesses can grow and invest and you get regulations going and fiscal sanity and you have a healthy economy," Kasich said.
Meanwhile, GOP frontrunner Donald Trump took the past two days off the campaign trail. On Saturday Trump visited the 9/11 museum for the first time. On Sunday, it's back to business in the presidential race with an event in upstate New York.
Ted Cruz picked up more delegates Saturday after gaining momentum in Colorado's caucuses.
This all boils down to the strong possibility of a contested convention in July in Cleveland — something that Kasich claims will be his ticket to the White House.