When Donald Trump makes his appearance on the Eastern Shore Wednesday, he will be the last of the remaining three Republican candidates to visit Maryland this week.
Ted Cruz held an event in Towson on Monday, and Tuesday night John Kasich spoke for a little more than an hour at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis.
He says even though he's behind the polls, he feels he is the one candidate who can unite the Republican party and defeat Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the Fall.
More than 500 people came out to hear him because of, they say
“His integrity, his honesty. And his past- he knows how to do things right and make a difference,” said Leslie Gibbons-Neff of Annapolis.
And on stage, Kasich did what he does -- plain-speaking his way through a town-hall format.
“I want you to know that I'm just like a normal guy in a big office, OK. And I will be a normal guy in an even bigger office if I would become president,” he said.
Kasich admits he won't hit the magic number of 1237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination, but he says his rivals won't either.
“Now here's what's happening. Nobody's going to get enough delegates, he said. “I mean the Trump organization is complaining all the time about this and that and you know why? Because they know they're not going to get enough votes to win it on the first ballot.”
And after that, he believes Republican delegates will be looking for a candidate who can win in the Fall.
“I tell you ultimately people don't like politicians who they don't like. They just don't,” Kasich said.
So far Kasich has only won in his home state of Ohio. Two visits to Maryland in less than a week appear to show he still believes he can add our state to that list next week.
“I own two small businesses, an event planning company and a driving school here in Maryland. And I believe his plans are absolutely great and will definitely help the county long-term,” said Kevin Mixsis of Cecil County.
“I loved him ever since he was a senator and I was sorry when he had to leave he senate but he did a good job in Ohio and he's going to do a good job for the country,” said Mary Hiltabidle of Annapolis.
Early voting continues Wednesday and Thursday of this week, followed by the primary election on Tuesday of next week.