WASHINGTON (CNN) – Former Rep. John Kasich plans to announce next month that he will run for governor of Ohio, two Republican sources tell CNN.
Kasich has already filed paperwork with the state that allows him to raise money, established a Web site and posted a YouTube video encouraging supporters to join him at a June 1 event in his hometown for a "very special announcement." Kasich has not yet officially announced his plans to challenge Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland in 2010.
"Really like to see you there," Kasich said in the video. "Hope you can make it. I am excited. I hope you will be too."
In a head-to-head match-up, Strickland holds a 19 point lead over Kasich, 51 percent to 32 percent, according to a May 6 Quinnipiac University poll.