Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s planned April visit to New Hampshire hints at a possible 2020 Republican presidential primary challenge to President Trump.
But Trump would have no problem defeating Kasich in his home state, according to a new poll released this week by Baldwin Wallace University’s Community Research Institute.
If the Republican presidential primary were held today, 62 percent of the Republicans polled would vote for Trump. Only 27 percent would vote for Kasich.
The Berea, Ohio university polled 1,011 voters Feb. 28 to March 9. Only the 261 respondents who identified as Republicans were asked about whether they’d vote for Trump or Kasich.
The poll has a margin of error of three percentage points on the general questions and six percentage points on the Republican-only questions.
The poll shows that Kasich did gain some ground. Of the 261 Republicans interviewed by the university’s researchers, only 18 percent said they had voted for Kasich in the 2016 election.
New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary draws presidential hopefuls early as they test the waters.
Kasich will hold a “fireside chat” at New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire on April 3. It will not be the first time Kasich has visited New Hampshire since Trump’s election.
He visited in April 2017.
The Baldwin Wallace poll also showed U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown with a comfortable lead over Republican Rep. Jim Renacci in the Senate race. Among the 1,011 people polled, 41 percent would vote for Brown while 29 percent would vote for Renacci.
A Baldwin Wallace poll of the presidential race in Oct. 2016, however, didn’t predict the results. It showed Clinton ahead of Trump by nine percentage points in Ohio. Trump won the state by eight percentage points.