Ohio Gov. John Kasich will return to Maryland next week for a campaign event in Annapolis -- his second visit to the state in as many weeks -- and a super PAC that is supporting him began running television ads in the state on Friday.

Kasich campaigned in the state on Wednesday with former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. -- becoming the first GOP candidate to do so this year. He attended a fundraiser in Baltimore, an ice cream parlor and spoke at a town hall in Howard County.

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A drawn out battle for the nomination -- and specifically an effort to halt front runner Donald Trump's march toward the 1,237 delegates he needs to clinch the nod -- have put Maryland and the other states voting on April 26 in play. GOP officials have said that Trump is also planning an event in the state for sometime after the New York primary.

The Kasich ads, paid for by New Day For America, are part of a half-million dollar ad buy and will run statewide on Maryland broadcast and cable television, a spokeswoman for the PAC said. One of the ads is introductory, telling voters about Kasich's efforts in Ohio. Another makes the argument that he is best positioned to beat Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton in the fall.

"Unless you want this President Clinton," the ad's narrator says over a picture of Hillary Clinton, "vote Kasich to win."

Kasich has won only one state -- his own -- and polling has indicated Trump has a significant lead in Maryland. However, most of Maryland's delegates are allocated by congressional district, and so Kasich and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz could capture some delegates for the GOP convention this summer even of Trump wins statewide.

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