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MSNBC Lines Up Trump, Kasich

MSNBC has slated back-to-back primetime specials Wednesday night (Feb. 17) for interviews with the Republican front-runner Donald Trump and Ohio Governor John Kasich, who has risen in the polls of late.

Kasich will lead off at 7 p.m. in a one-on-one interview with Hardball's Chris Matthews from Hilton Head, S.C. (the South Carolina primary is Feb. 20).followed by Trump at 8 p.m. in a town hall moderated by Morning Joe's Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski.

Kasich is in fourth place at 10%, according to a new poll by South Carolina's The State newspaper reported by MSNBC, in front of Jeb Bush (7%) and Ben Carson (7%), and behind Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, tied at 18%, and Trump with a commanding lead at 35%.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.