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Exclusive: John Kasich joins CNN as contributor

Gov. John Kasich on the campaign trail in 2016. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich is joining CNN as a contributor, serving as an analyst across the network, CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker told his team Tuesday morning.

The big picture: The 66-year-old Kasich, a former U.S. House member, has been one of cable news' most in-demand Republican voices as the party's only likely primary challenger to President Trump. John Weaver, a longtime Kasich adviser, told Axios: "The governor has strong insights to help guide conversations in our country in a positive direction and this new partnership with CNN gives him a great platform to do so."