U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks to voters during a campaign town hall in Nashua

Potential New Hampshire spoiler Kasich could pose threat to Rubio

U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich speaks to voters during a campaign town hall in NashuaBy Emily Stephenson and Amanda Becker MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate John Kasich is polling in the low single digits nationally but may be poised to play the role of spoiler in Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary by cutting into the support of higher-profile rivals such as Marco Rubio. The Ohio governor, who is vowing to erase the U.S. budget deficit without shredding the safety net for poor Americans, has built a base of support among moderate Republicans and independent voters, who wield special clout in New Hampshire because they can vote in either party’s primary. Kasich, 63, has the support of about 12 to 14 percent of New Hampshire’s voters in recent polls.

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