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Former Dennis Kucinich rivals: Don’t write him off yet
|Last Edited||Monsieur Mar 02, 2012 11:08am|
|News Date||Friday, March 2, 2012 07:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||Dennis Kucinich, the longtime liberal icon who waged two unsuccessful presidential bids, is facing the very real prospect of seeing his Capitol Hill career hurtle to an end. |
The Ohio Democrat faces an uphill path to victory in his March 6 primary against 15-term Rep. Marcy Kaptur, who has served alongside Kucinich since he was elected to the House in 1996.
The congressman’s problem is redistricting. Last year, Republicans who control line-drawing in the state threw him into the same northeast Ohio-area district as Kaptur, crafting the new 6th District seat in such a way that it would have more territory that she previously represented than he did.
Kucinich, a former Cleveland mayor who was first elected to the Cleveland City Council in 1969, now finds himself racing across the district in a vigorous, last-ditch bid to salvage his House career. With many of his constituents spread out in neighboring districts, he’s now being forced to introduce himself to voters outside Cleveland, in the industrial areas of Lorain and Toledo, whose support he will need to win.