Republican frontrunner Donald Trump and Ohio Gov.
John Kasich are expected to claim their first-ever victories on Tuesday, as the GOP race enters a crucial week.
The GOP contest is shaping up as the biggest battle in the GOP field to date, and the candidates are all aiming for an easy victory in the Buckeye State.
Ohio is not traditionally a swing state, but the state is close enough to flip-flop electorally.
Trump and Kasich have already won the primary in March.
The contest comes as the candidates and their backers face questions about how to best connect with young voters and minorities.
The candidates, who are vying to become the first GOP candidates to capture the White House, are trying to gain traction with young people and minorities in the states critical battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.
They are also hoping to avoid the controversy that has dogged Trump’s campaign over allegations of sexual assault.
Kasich, who is running in the third-to-last primary state, is trying to make the case that he can build an economy that works for working-class families.
He’s also trying to appeal to Republicans who are increasingly wary of Democrats who are focused on immigration, abortion rights and guns.
Both candidates are also competing to win over Hispanic voters, which is key in Ohio.
Trump has been making headlines for months for his provocative statements on immigration and other issues.
The billionaire businessman has called Mexicans rapists, called for a wall on the Mexican border and threatened to deport the parents of an American citizen killed in the line of duty.
He has also made the case for a Muslim registry that would keep track of Muslims in the United States.
Kasich has faced criticism from some Latino Republicans for saying during a speech in Florida that the U.S. should deport undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes and who have been convicted of crimes.
The New York businessman has also been criticized by some for comments he made about the murder of an unarmed black man, Tamir Rice, by police in Cleveland.
Kasich was elected to the Senate in 2014 and has held the seat since, but he dropped out of the race for the 2016 election due to health issues.
Kasich and Trump have also been locked in a close race in the polls for months.
The race for Republican presidential nomination has been largely determined by the size of the early states, and Trump is leading in Florida and Iowa, where voters are turning out in record numbers.
Both Trump and his top advisers are trying desperately to stay ahead of the curve as the contest approaches.
Kasich’s campaign has been trying to reach out to young voters, who made up the majority of voters in March’s primaries.
He is trying, for example, to reach young Hispanic voters in the state by telling them about his record on immigration.
The Ohio governor has also focused on issues like gun control, which Trump has said he will take a more pro-gun stance than his rivals.
Kasich is trying hard to distance himself from his brother, former Ohio Gov., who recently said he thought the death of an innocent man by police was “an act of pure evil.”
Kasich has also faced questions about whether he would be willing to take on the job of president and whether he is qualified for the job.
Trump is expected to be one of the top candidates in the Republican field, but his team is not going to let him off easy.
The campaign is spending heavily on television advertising in Ohio, where turnout has been weak and voters are more likely to vote for the candidate they prefer.
Kasich told reporters Tuesday that he has “absolutely no regrets” in his decision to drop out of last month’s primary.
He said that his decision was based on a number of factors, including the fact that he was sick and needed to take time off to be with his family.