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Crowd Cheers As Kasich Brings Presidential Campaign To SHU In Fairfield

Ohio Gov. and Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich, right, addressed the crowd at a rally at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Friday. With him are former U.S. Rep. Chris Shays and Sen. Tony Hwang, his Connecticut campaign chairman. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
State Sen. Tony Hwang of Fairfield welcomes the crowd to the John Kasich rally at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield on Friday afternoon. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
The crowd starts filing in for the John Kasich Town Hall meeting on Friday at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
The signs are up for the John Kasich rally at SHU in Fairfield. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness
A crowd of mainly students fill in the area behind the podium where John Kasich will be speaking at SHU. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
The crowd begins to fill in the seats for the John Kasich rally before the start on Friday at SHU. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
The crowd is in place before the rally begins at SHU. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky
This John Kasich supporter makes his feelings known about Donald Trump with his "Not way sick" sign at the SHU rally. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

FAIRFIELD, Conn. — With the hot contest for the Republican Party's presidential nomination heading down to the wire, Ohio Gov. John Kasich arrived to a cheering crowd for a Town Hall meeting Friday afternoon at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

And the rally proved even more popular than organizers had expected, said State Sen. Tony Hwang of Fairfield, Kasich’s campaign chair in Connecticut. It was moved from the University Commons on campus, which holds about 500 people, to the new Frank and Marisa Martire Business & Communications Center, which can accommodate closer to 1,200 people.

It is the first big public event with a candidate held in Fairfield County during the primary season, with voting in Connecticut set for Tuesday, April 26. It was free to attend. People were asked to register with an online RSVP but no one was checking tickets as the crowd began filing in at 11 a.m. for the event that began just after 12 noon.

Kasich did not win any of the first 22 primaries and caucuses, but on March 15, he won the winner-take-all primary in his home state of Ohio, grabbing the 66 delegates at stake.

The candidate, whose popularity appears to be growing, will be holding a rally later Friday in Syracuse, N.Y. Kasich has twice had to move to a larger venue to accommodate the expected crowd, according to Syracuse.com . The primary in New York is set for April 19.

A Kasich spokesman said the candidate plans to continue on through to the Republican National convention, according to a report at CNBC, telling Republican opponents Donald Trump and Ted Cruz that he won't drop out of the race.

"The reason why Trump and Cruz are trying to push us out is they know we can win an open convention," a spokesman for the the Kasich campaign told CNBC.

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