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Kasich backs Sununu in tight GOP primary for governor

Ohio Gov. John Kasich is endorsing Chris Sununu in the state's tightly contested Republican gubernatorial primary, calling the executive councilor a pragmatic conservative in his own mold.

"I only have a couple years left in my term and my job now is to try to figure out who I can pass the baton too, the pragmatic conservative baton, so they can carry on with the next leg of the run," Kasich said Monday.

Sununu is the only non-incumbent in a contested primary who the Ohio governor is endorsing, Kasich's advisers said. The support raises Sununu's visibility in the final weeks of a primary that's flown largely under the radar. Sununu faces Manchester Mayor Ted...