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Ohio Gov. John Kasich picked up the endorsement of Michael Reagan, the son of former President Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidate's campaign announced Saturday.

"You see many Republicans claiming the label of 'Reagan conservative' but not many whose leadership truly embodies my father's principles and spirit," Reagan said in a statement. "Gov. John Kasich is a noteworthy exception."

Reagan said he was proud to endorse Kasich "to continue my father's great legacy." He is an author, former radio host, and president of the Reagan Legacy Foundation.

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LOUISVILLE, KY- MARCH 5: Phil Zoeller holds up his blank voters ballot as he prepare to cast his vote in the GOP presidential caucus at the University of Louisville campus March 5, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. This would be the state of Kentucky's first-ever Republican Presidential Caucus, after generally participating in Presidential Primaries in May alongside other states. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
Anti-Trump demonstrator Bill Anderson protests outside Century II, where the Republican presdential caucus took place, in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
Donald Trump supporters cheer for their man inside Century II, where the Republican presdential caucus took place, in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY- MARCH 5: Evelyn Stalevicz shows her support for Donald Trump as voters lined up to vote in the GOP presidential caucus at Zachary Taylor Elementary school March 5, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. This would be the state of Kentucky's first-ever Republican Presidential Caucus, participating in Presidential Primaries in May alongside other states. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
Donald Trump supporters and protesters clash outside Century II, where the Republican presdential caucus took place, in Wichita, Kan., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Fernando Salazar/Wichita Eagle/TNS via Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY- MARCH 5: Republican voters lined up to vote in the GOP presidential caucus at Zachary Taylor Elementary school March 5, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. This would be the state of Kentucky's first-ever Republican Presidential Caucus, participating in Presidential Primaries in May alongside other states. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY- MARCH 5: Republican voters lined up to vote in the GOP presidential caucus at Zachary Taylor Elementary school March 5, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
Buttons for sale before the start of the Trump For President rally at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
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University of Central Florida students and alumni protest Donald Trump's appearance before the start of the Trump For President rally at the UCF campus in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
A pro-Trump supporter argues with an anti-Trump demonstrator outside before the start of the Trump For President rally at the University of Central Florida, in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 5, 2016. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: A woman makes a joke as she cast her ballot during the state's Republican caucus on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. People were standing in line for more than two hours to vote in the caucus. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: A woman cast her ballot for a presidential candidate during the state's Republican caucus on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. People were standing in line for more than two hours to vote in the caucus. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: Melyssa Roberson tries to rally support for her candidate as she stands in line to vote during the state's Republican caucus on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. People were standing in line for more than two hours to vote in the caucus. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz makes a speech at a campaign rally on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. Cruz said he has a list of government programs that he will eliminate if elected. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz greets a woman at a campaign rally on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas The Republican party is holding its state wide caucus in several locations. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: Rabya Ahmed listens as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump makes a speech at a campaign rally on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas where the Republican party was staging one of its statewide caucus. She and other Muslim protesters were asked to leave the rally (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: A man shows his support as Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a speech at a campaign rally on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas where the Republican party was staging one of its statewide caucus. Trump spoke of making America great again. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: An anti-Trump protester stands outside the convention center where Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump made a speech at a campaign rally on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. About 100 protesters voiced their opposition to Trump. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
Republican US Presidential hopeful Donald Trump is seen on a screen as he speaks from a rally in Kansas during the American Conservative Union Conservative Political Action Conference 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center March 5, 2016 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
LOUISVILLE, KY- MARCH 5: Kentucky voters place their paper ballots in voting box in the GOP presidential caucus at Zachary Taylor Elementary school March 5, 2016, in Louisville, Kentucky. This would be the state of Kentucky's first-ever Republican Presidential Caucus, participating in Presidential Primaries in May alongside other states. (Photo by John Sommers II/Getty Images)
WICHITA, KS - MARCH 5: A Donald Trump supporter stands in line to vote during the states Republican caucus on March 5, 2016 in Wichita, Kansas. People were standing in line for more than two hours to vote in the caucus. (Photo by J Pat Carter/Getty Images)
NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - MARCH 05: People vote at a Straw Poll both during the CPAC 2016 conference, March 5, 2016 in National Harbor, Maryland. The American Conservative Union hosted its annual Conservative Political Action Conference to discuss conservative issues. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
A supporter of Senator Marco Rubio is walked down a hall during the American Conservative Union Conservative Political Action Conference 2016 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center March 5, 2016, in Oxon Hill, Maryland. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
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Like each of the Republican candidates running for president, Kasich frequently refers to former President Reagan on the campaign trail, and he reminds crowds that they knew each other — telling stories about working for Reagan's presidential campaign or working with him while Kasich served in Congress.

"There is no leader I could hope to emulate more than President Ronald Reagan," Kasich said in a statement. "No one understands his impact on our country more than his son Michael, so to receive this endorsement is a tremendous honor for me."

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