The Washington Times - October 28, 2012, 10:08AM

Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican, predicted Sunday that Mitt Romney will win the Midwestern electoral prize on Election Day — and by a larger margin than many expect.

Asked by NBC’s “Meet the Press” host David Gregory if the race in Ohio will be too close to call on Nov. 6, Mr. Kasich said he expects a winner because Mr. Romney is pulling ahead.

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“I do think we will know before the end of the night,” said Mr. Kasich, who has been campaigning throughout his swing state for the Republican ticket.

“It’s going to be really close,” he said, but adding, “I’m not sure the election is going to be as close as what everybody is talking about today.

“I honestly think Romney’s going to carry Ohio … I believe it’s going to happen.”

In the Real Clear Politics average of the latest polls in Ohio, President Obama holds a 2 point lead, 48 percent to 46 percent. Rasmussen Reports has the race deadlocked, 48 percent to 48 percent.