Dennis Kucinich, who tried to have former President George W. Bush impeached over the Iraq war, was defeated by a fellow Democratic incumbent on Tuesday in the first of eleven primary races this year pitting members of the U.S. House against each other.
In November, Rep. Kaptur will face the winner of the Republican primary, Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher, better known as “Joe the Plumber.”
Reps. Kaptur and Kucinich, friends representing neighboring districts, found themselves competing for the same job when Ohio lost two Congressional seats after the Census.
The reshuffling of voting boundaries by the state legislature created a district that stretches from Toledo to just east of Cleveland, forcing a race between the two.
While most attention focused on the Republican presidential primaries, Ohio also held primary elections for a U.S. Senate seat, all of its members of Congress and local posts.
The Ohio fight between incumbents was the first of eleven Congressional primary contests across the country with incumbents facing off.
Rep. Kucinich is one of the most liberal members of the House. At twenty-three, he was elected to the Cleveland City Council and was the city’s “boy mayor” from 1977 to 1979. He has served in Congress since 1997.
Rep. Kaptur, in Congress since 1983, is the longest serving woman in the House. She is a member of the Appropriations Committee and could be its ranking member if re-elected.
In the race for an Ohio U.S. Senate seat, thirty-four-year-old state Treasurer Josh Mandel easily won the Republican primary to challenge incumbent Senator Sherrod Brown, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Early opinion polls have Senator Brown with a double-digit lead over Mr. Mandel.
- Democrat Dennis Kucinich suffers defeat in Ohio primary race (news.nationalpost.com)
- Kaptur edges Kucinich in bruising Ohio primary (washingtontimes.com)
- Kaptur Crushes Kucinich in Democratic Primary (politicalwire.com)
- Kucinich Concedes Defeat to Kaptur in Ohio Primary (slatest.slate.com)
- Kucinich, Squeezed Out By Redistricting, Loses Ohio Primary to Kaptur (news.firedoglake.com)