Gov. John Kasich predicts Romney win Ohio – leading internal polls

NBC News

Ohio’s Republican governor said Sunday that private polls show Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney beating President Barack Obama in the all-important battleground state of Ohio just as auto industry politics assume a dominant role in the closing days of the campaign.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) predicted outright that Romney would win Ohio on “Meet the Press” and, with it, the presidential election — a overall contest which Kasich said wouldn’t be that close.

“Right now, I believe we’re currently ahead. Internals show us currently ahead,” he said, referring to the private polling candidates routinely conduct. “Honestly, I believe that Romney is going to carry Ohio.”

The governor’s show of confidence comes after a week in which Obama and Romney —along with their respective running mates — barnstormed the Buckeye State in hopes of securing the state’s 18 electoral votes, which would greatly enhance either candidate’s hopes of winning the presidential election.

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