Ohio Gov. John Kasich just got a sign of hope for his campaign for the GOP's presidential nomination. In a poll out of New Hampshire, he ranked third in preference among likely Republican primary voters.
He was behind Donald Trump and Marco Rubio, with a margin of error of 4 percent.
Kasich is seen as one of the candidates vying for the establishment Republican vote and is considered more moderate. That stance has helped him appeal to a wide range of voters -- according to CBS News 81 percent of voters said they would consider as a plausible option for president, second only to Rubio at 83 percent.
In the fourth Republican debate, he criticized Trump's call to deport millions of undocumented immigrants.
"But if people think that we are going to ship 11 million people who are law-abiding, who are in this country, and somehow pick them up at their house and ship them out to Mexico," Kasich said. "Think about the families. Think about the children."
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But, in RealClearPolitcs' average of multiple polls, Kasich is ninth in the GOP field. And Kasich is also lagging when it comes to fundraising. At the last filing, he had $2.6 million in cash — behind five of his rivals.
Still, a strong showing in an early primary could give his candidacy some fuel. The New Hampshire primary is Feb. 9.