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Kasich, Portman Scoring Points With Left-Leaning Moderates

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Andy Chow
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U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) stumping for Gov. John Kasich in Westerville during his presidential run.

Ohio Republican Party Chairman Matt Borges has officially announced that he will vote for his party’s presidential nominee Donald Trump. But the refusal to endorse Trump from top Ohio Republicans like Gov. John Kasich and Sen. Rob Portman is still making waves. 

Proud Trump supporters have made it very clear that they aren’t happy with the snub from Kasich and Portman. Many have said they will be unwilling to vote for them in the future.

But a different story is playing out among moderates, even those who tend to lean left.

Anne Nelson of Upper Arlington, who’s a Hillary Clinton supporter, said she has a lot of respect for those leaders and is more likely to support someone like Kasich in the future.

“I think he’s a man of conviction and he’s not being let by just simply party devotion,” said Nelson.

Karen Snyder, a Michigan voter who came down to Ohio to canvass for Clinton, added that she thinks Portman and Kasich have proven themselves to be free thinkers.

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