On Friday, Gov. John Kasich took the stage at his 100th town hall — complete with a half-dozen white and blue cakes frosted by a staffer — and talked about how he'd risen from a nobody on the national stage to a somebody through his heavy campaigning.
"We have a celebrity thing going on now. You know, I'm totally unknown across the country, maybe a little bit better across the last few weeks. But nobody knows who the governor of Ohio is. They don't know if it's 'Kasich, or 'Kays,' or 'Cos-itch,' they don't know. So many of them just think my name is 'governor of Ohio,'" he joked at the Friday night event, where he touted his executive and legislative experience.
He grew suddenly serious, though, when talking about just how crucial this moment is for him.
"But if I emerge from here I will have a moment to talk about what we need to do," he said.
Earlier that morning, another Republican governor — also once thought to be an obvious front-runner who has since been drowned out by the other loudmouthed candidate from New England, Trump — spoke at a cramped pizza shop.
New Jersey's Chris Christie solemnly thanked the small town where he'd made his first campaign stop eight months ago. The New Jersey governor's cash is running out, and without a strong finish in New Hampshire the odds certainly seem insurmountable.
"There's a lot of hard work to do between now and Tuesday, we hope you'll all be a part of that," he told voters, who were so packed into the shop that they could barely move. "Keep up the hard work for us, and we'll keep up the hard work for you."
His supporters said they're all in.