CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19/AP) - Ohio Republican John Kasich won the winner-take-all primary in his home state, propelling his lagging presidential campaign to become one of the GOP's top three White House contenders
Hillary Clinton took Ohio's Democratic nomination, earning her third win in Tuesday's quintet of contests.
Kasich received the majority Republican vote in Hamilton, Butler and Warren counties. The majority of GOP voters in Clermont, Brown, Highland, Adams and Clinton counties went for Trump.
On the Democrats' side, more voters in Clermont and Clinton counties voted for Bernie Sanders. Hamilton, Butler, Warren, Highland, Brown and Adams counties went for Clinton.
"The campaign goes on," Kasich declared at a victory rally in Berea. The two-term governor also vowed to "not take the low road to the highest office in the land."
For Kasich, Tuesday's victory marked his first state win, worth 66 delegates, as well as a crucial signal of his durability into the next phase of the contest.
Tri-State voters ran into few problems when heading to the polls. Hamilton County saw high voter turnout, according to officials. Shortly after the polls closed at 7:30 p.m., a federal court ordered they remain open for an extra hour due to traffic issues in the area.
Kasich's future position was bolstered after Florida Sen. Marco Rubio suspended his campaign after losing his home state to Trump.
Donald Trump took the GOP vote in Florida, North Carolina and Illinois.
Trump and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz are locked in a tight battle for Missouri.
Clinton's victories in Ohio and Florida were a blow to rival Bernie Sanders. With the three wins, she will pick up at least 253 delegates while Sanders will gain 124.
Clinton is still hoping for a sweep, with votes still being counted in the close race with Sanders in Missouri.