And from what I hear, couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. Although Marcy Kaptor is indeed very bad on abortion rights and so far, has been unwilling to bend, I think the people of this Ohio district will be well served by the famously hard-working Kaptur. In keeping with Kucinich’s reputation, he refused to congratulate Kaptur, instead attacking her campaign as “lacking in integrity.”
WASHINGTON — On Tuesday night, progressives confronted the unimaginable: Congress without Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). The eight-term congressman lost his primary election for Ohio’s newly created 9th district to Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio).
The loss also deprives the nation of a general election contest between two national polarizing figures, as one of the candidates in the district’s GOP primary was Joe Wurzelbacher — better known as “Joe the Plumber.” The GOP race was still too close to call at the time of publishing. [Update: Joe the Plumber won the Republican nomination.)
Kaptur and Kucinich were victims of a congressional redistricting process that combined their seats. Because of the population losses recorded by the 2010 U.S. Census, Ohio lost two congressional districts and the borders of the remaining districts were redrawn. The new map combines the districts of Kaptur, who represents what is currently the 9th district, and Kucinich, who represents the 10th.
According to the count on the official Ohio secretary of state website, Kaptur had won four out of the five counties in the district, although not all of the ballots had been counted.
“I thought it was ours to win,” she said, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, but in her speech, she assured Kucinich’s former constituents that she would “pay attention to them, too.”