**Kasich surges in Michigan as polls suggests anti-Trump momentum in Republican primary.
Two new polls out of Michigan today reserve the best news for Donald Trump, who consistently leads the pack, and good news for Ohio Gov. John Kasich too, who is neck-and-neck with Ted Cruz.
In a Monmouth University poll, Trump leads with 36 percent support from Republican voters in the state, which votes tomorrow, followed by Cruz with 23 percent and Kasich with 21 percent. **
It’s bad news all around for Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who’s in last place in the Monmouth survey with just 13 percent support. In the other survey, he’s down to single digits…
Now, with the primary just a day away, Kasich has gone from 10 percent support, only beating retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson who has since dropped out, to around 20 percent, virtually tying Cruz in the race.
The Real Clear Political average shows that it’s Rubio’s support that the Ohio governor has eaten away.
**Kasich, of course, benefits from his next-door-neighbor status.
He’s also banking on winning his home state of Ohio on March 15, using its winner-take-all delegate allocation to make up for being in fourth place among his four current GOP rivals in the delegate count.
Michigan voters saw Kasich up close and personal on Thursday when he debated Trump, Rubio and Cruz in Detroit. **
**The polls suggest voters liked what they saw.
While the other three candidates squabbled throughout the Fox News affair, Kasich left the debate looking like the grown-up in the room**, while Trump talked about his manhood and gave nicknames to ‘Little Marco’ Rubio and ‘liar’ Cruz.
Rubio and Cruz tried beating Trump at his own game, by hurling insults his way as well.
**Today Kasich continued to differentiate himself in the state, according to the Detroit News, telling voters he was going to steer clear of the ‘personal attacks’ his rivals engage in. **
His campaign’s chief strategist John Weaver suggested that the governor could still pull ahead – with today’s polls clearly going in the right direction.
‘Michigan notoriously breaks late,’ Weaver said. ‘The undecided voters are breaking our way.’