Kaptur wins Ohio Dem primary faceoff with Kucinich

Associated Press Modified: March 7, 2012 at 12:30 am •  Published: March 6, 2012
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Veteran Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur defeated longtime Washington colleague Dennis Kucinich Tuesday in a bruising Ohio showdown made necessary by a newly drawn congressional map.

She will face the winner of the Republican primary — Samuel "Joe" Wurzelbacher, who became known as "Joe the Plumber" during the 2008 presidential campaign — in November.

Kaptur is in her 15th term representing the Toledo area. She ran a campaign that emphasized her record of bringing federal money and projects back to the state.

In a concession speech just past midnight, a bitter Kucinich described Kaptur's campaign as "lacking in integrity, filled with false truths."

"I hope this is not a representation of how she'll run the district," he said.

Kaptur did not respond to Kucinich's criticism, but said in a statement said she will need his supporters, and those of another primary contender, Graham Veysey, in the fall.

"We will need them, and their supporters help to work for the betterment of all of northern Ohio," she said

Kucinich is an eight-term congressman and two-time presidential candidate from Cleveland known for his quirky style and politically combative flair. Last summer, as Ohio's redistricting process was under way, he had flirted with running for an open House seat in Washington state.

Districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect population changes in the new census. Ohio's lagging population growth caused the loss of two of its 18 congressional seats.