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John Kasich is way more popular in his home state than Scott Walker or Chris Christie are in theirs

Tess Elshoff of New Knoxville, Ohio, explains how the breakaway event is scored to Ohio Gov. John Kasich at the National Junior High Finals Rodeo at the Iowa State Fair Grounds on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Good news for John Kasich: Republicans want a governor for president. According to a Pew poll, 51 percent say being governor is better preparation for the White House than being in Congress, versus 40 percent who say the opposite.

Even better news for John Kasich: his home state of Ohio actually still likes him.

As PowerPost noted, of the sitting governors running for president, Kasich is the only one who remains popular at home. According to Quinnipiac (for Ohio and New Jersey) and Marquette (for Wisconsin) polls, Kasich had a 60 percent approval rating in his home state as of June 22, compared with 41 percent for Walker as of April 16, and 38 percent for Christie as of April 20.

It's a big plus for Kasich. Not only does he have the executive experience his party wants, but after four years in office, the people who voted him in aren't sick of him.

But probably even more compelling is that he could also beat Hillary Clinton in his home state, per Quinnipiac polling of hypothetical matchups. That's something Walker and Christie, can't say. Neither can Florida's Marco Rubio or Jeb Bush.

Kasich would beat Clinton in Ohio 47 to 40 percent, while Christie and Walker would get creamed at home, and Rubio and Bush would also lose in Florida, although not as severely. Also in Kasich's favor is the fact that no candidate has won a presidential election without winning Ohio since 1964. Ohio's 18 electoral votes tip elections, and having a well-liked governor to face off against the Democratic nominee could be a good way to do that.

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Now he's just got to convince Republican voters those pros make him worth their support.

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