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Ohio Gov. John Kasich to meet with Mitt Romney

Republican U.S. presidential candidate Ohio Governor John Kasich formally announces his campaign for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination during a kickoff rally in Columbus, Ohio July 21, 2015.

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WASHINGTON -- The latest Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, is also the latest to be invited for a private meeting with Mitt Romney.

Kasich plans to have lunch Thursday with the 2012 GOP nominee at Romney's lakeside vacation home in New Hampshire.

Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf said Romney extended the invitation after learning that Kasich would be campaigning near his home. The Ohio governor is in the midst of his announcement tour, which began Wednesday in New Hampshire.

Kasich will become the third Republican presidential contender to spend private time this month with the former presidential nominee. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio visited Romney's vacation home over the July 4 holiday.

Romney has not said whether he will endorse a candidate in the race.