- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sik) is returning to South Carolina as he tries to gain needed national traction for his 2016 presidential campaign.

Kasich, a two-term governor and former congressman, plans stops in Charleston and Hilton Head on Friday.

While Kasich has landed spots in both primetime Republican debates, neither appearance gave him a huge bounce. He continues to poll toward the bottom of the crowded GOP field.

New Day for America, a super PAC supporting Kasich, began airing new ads earlier this week in New Hampshire emphasizing Kasich’s experience balancing the federal budget.

Kasich’s home state of Ohio is a pivotal swing state in presidential elections. Rival Ben Carson visited the state Tuesday.

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