Election 2012

Marcy Kaptur and Redistricting Beat Kucinich

Goodbye to Dennis Kucinich -- until 2016 when he'll probably run for president again. Redistricting eliminated Kucinich's district, so he was forced to run in a primary against fellow Democrat Marcy Kaptur.

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) survived a tough primary challenge over Democratic gadfly Rep Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), who was forced into the same district after the GOP-controlled legislature redrew the borders.

The newly arranged 9th district extended 120 miles along Lake Erie and packed both Kaptur’s home base of Toledo into its Western end and Kucinich’s home base of Cuyahoga in the Cleveland area on the East. Kaptur had more of her old district however, and rode huge margins the Toledo area to handily defeat Kucinich. The two candidates, among the most recognizable Democrats in the state, had over 70 years of political experience between them.

I've never been a fan of Kucinich, though I'll miss the progressive vote in the House.