Kasich talks expectations in South Carolina

Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at a town hall at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich speaks at a town hall at The Hall at Senate's End in Columbia, S.C., Friday, Feb. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Columbia, S.C. -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Friday said the expectations game here is difficult to gauge.

"I’m going to do the best I can do as long as I can do it," he told about 100 supporters at a town hall event. "It may end up great. And it may end up great if it doesn’t end up great."

Before his second-place finish in New Hampshire earlier this month, he was holding town halls there were six people showed up. Now, he's pulling much larger crowds.

Pundits did not give him much of a chance here, he said.

"I think we’re going to do pretty well," Kasich said. "All the votes I was going to get in South Carolina you could have put in a Volkswagen. Now maybe you can put them in a van. That beats expectations."

Kasich's position in the race here a day before Saturday's Republican primary is unclear. Polls over the past week in the state have shown him with anywhere from 6 percent to 14 percent, ranking anywhere from third to fifth in the race.

Campaign volunteers here said where Kasich places tomorrow night isn't as important as how close he is to everyone else. "As long as he's there, bunched with Bush and Rubio, I think he'll be OK," one volunteer from Ohio, who was not authorized to speak with the media, said.

At the very least, Kasich is planning past South Carolina. He has several events planned in Metro Atlanta on Tuesday and told supporters Friday he will be traveling soon to other SEC Primary states.