(CNN) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Sunday that he believes Mitt Romney will win Ohio, a crucial battleground state for the election.
"I believe right now we are currently ahead. Internals show us currently ahead. I honestly think that Romney is going to carry Ohio. And you know I haven't been saying this. I now believe its going to happen," Kasich, a Republican, said on NBC's "Meet the Press."
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A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday showed President Barack Obama with a 4-point edge over Romney, 50% to 46%, in the state. That margin is within the poll's sampling error.
Beyond winning Ohio, Kasich said Romney should win handily on election night and the nation will know who their next president will be.
"The independent voters are trending heavily towards Mitt Romney and with those numbers, like that, it pretty well assures me we're going to know," Kasich said. "I'm not sure the election is going to be as close as what everybody is talking about today. And I'm not saying that to do spin. I'm telling that because that's what I really do believe."