Dennis Kucinich is known for being on the very far left, a true liberal. He has been a Congressman representing the state of Ohio for eight terms. He is also a two time presidential candidate, but last night his luck ran dry and he lost the congressional primary to Veteran Democratic Representative Marcy Kaptur who is more of a moderate democrat, and this could make it so it is more likely for a Republican to take this seat in November. Kucinich and Kaptur had been friends for years, but the campaign made the friendship go sour and there was a lot of dirty tricks used to bash one another.
The New York Post reports the following:
“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.
Whichever party controls a state legislature typically sets redistricting so that incumbents in the majority party are protected and minority party seats are put at risk.
Ohio Republicans drew just four of 16 districts that lean Democratic. The decision to snake a district along the Lake Erie shoreline linking the Democratic strongholds of Cleveland and Toledo resulted in the state’s lone intraparty contest between sitting House members.”