CONCORD, N.H. – Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich picked up another big endorsement here Friday morning, this one from former New Hampshire Sen. Gordon Humphrey.
“I’m extending more than my endorsement, I’m extending my trust,” said Humphrey. “I trust John Kasich because I know him from Washington. I really liked him during those days during the Reagan revolution.”
Humphrey served as a senator from 1979 to 1990. He ran for governor in 2000 and narrowly lost to then-incumbent Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, now one of the state’s U.S. Senators. He ran again for the Republican nomination in 2002 but lost to Craig Benson.
“Gordon didn’t wake up one day, fall out of bed, and say, ‘I’m going to be for John Kasich,’” Kasich said. “Gordon and I have had many exchanges. He’s watched the questions and answers at the town halls.”
Humphrey is the latest in a line of New Hampshire endorsements for Kasich, the current governor of Ohio. In August, he picked up the endorsement of New Hampshire political icon and former state attorney general Tom Rath, who is now serving as the co-chair of Kasich’s New Hampshire campaign.
Kasich also received the endorsement of New Hampshire Republican activists Doug and Stella Scamman, former state executive councilor Ruth Griffin, former New Hampshire State Senate President Ed Dupont, and several others.
Kasich has spent a good deal of time in New Hampshire since he declared his candidacy in July, and many feel he needs a strong finish in the state’s Republican primary to propel his candidacy forward.
He is spending the day campaigning across the state, also holding a town hall meeting in Goffstown, and celebrating an office opening for the campaign’s New Hampshire headquarters in Manchester.