Emotional moment for John Kasich in South Carolina

Credit: Anthony Shoemaker

Credit: Anthony Shoemaker

Ohio Gov.  John Kasich had an emotional interaction with a supporter during a town hall meeting Thursday in Clemson, South Carolina.

Brett Smith, a 21-year-old from Newnan, Georgia, described a recent string of hardships in his life including the suicide of a close family friend, his parents' divorce and his father losing a job.

Smith tells Kasich he was in a "really dark place" before finding hope in the Lord and in his friends. He says, "And now I found it in my presidential candidate, and I really appreciate what it is that you've been talking about."

Smith went on to say "I would really appreciate one of those hugs you've been talking about."

Kasich hugged the young man and said "As I have been out here this is not unusual."

Kasich said he has heard stories like Smith's all across the country.

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