Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Sunday hinted about finally endorsing Donald Trump, after first reserving aid or attendance at the July RNC in Cleveland. (SEE: JOHN KASICH BETRAYS TRUMP, REPUBLICANS AND THE SAFETY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE).

Kasich, however, is also predicting Trump winning his home state will be a challenge: “He’s going to win parts of Ohio where people are really hurting,” Kasich told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But I still think it’s difficult if you are dividing to be able to win Ohio. I think it’s really, really difficult.”

His actions of non-endorsement and skipping out on the convention have hurt efforts to create state party unity and Trump’s chances of winning Ohio, considering no GOP presidential nominee has been elected to the White House without winning this particular state.

The battleground state — which voted in 2008 and 2012 for President Obama — has 18 electoral votes, in the contest to get 270. It’s clearly a critical state. The campaigns for Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have been making multiple trips to Ohio since their respective party’s nominating conventions concluded.