This story has been updated.

CONCORD -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich Monday took a big step toward a possible 2016 Republican presidential run with the launch of a new a 527 group, the Washington Post and NH1 News in New Hampshire have learned.

The new group is called New Day for America, and one of the biggest political names in New Hampshire -- former Sen. John E. Sununu -- is serving as a director.

Kasich, who was just re-elected in a landslide last year to a second term as Ohio governor, also served 18 years as a congressman. Last month Kasich made his first visit to the first-in-the-nation primary state since he briefly ran for president in the 2000 cycle.

Kasich returned to the Granite State this past weekend, joining nearly 20 other GOP presidential candidates and potential contenders at a NHGOP Leadership Summit in Nashua that attracted nearly 700 Republican activists.

Kasich urged those in the audience to “think about me, would you. Don’t commit too soon. Let us all have a chance to breath.”

Also serving as advisers on the group are Jo Ann Davidson, the former speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives and current Ohio RNC committeewoman, Phil Geier, former chairman and CEO of the Interpublic Group of Companies, and Bruce Soll, senior vice president and counsel of L Brands.

This story has been updated to correct that the new group is a 527, not a super PAC.