The remaining four Republican candidates battled it out on Super Tuesday, but what some people may not know is that several congressional primary contests were held, including one of a former Democratic presidential candidate.
Ohio Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich will no longer serve the state’s 10th district. Kucinich, who has served in office since 1997, lost to his once-close ally fellow Ohio Democratic Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.
Due to a new Republican-drawn congressional map, which is a task that is undertaken every 10 years due to population growth, the two Democratic congressional representatives took part in a primary. With a little more than 90 percent of the vote in, the 15-term Kaptur was able to capture 60 percent of the vote.
Just past midnight Wednesday, the eight-term congressman and two-time presidential candidate made his concession speech in which he harshly criticized Kaptur’s negative campaign strategy.
“Now I would like to be able to congratulate Congresswoman Kaptur, but I do have to say that she ran a campaign in the Cleveland media market that was utterly lacking in integrity, with false statements, half truths, misrepresentations,” said Kucinich in Cleveland. “I hope that is not the kind of representation she would provide to the community.”
Kucinich also implied in his remarks that he is moving forward with his political career. “Many of you in this room have known me for years. And you know that I have lost campaigns before. And there's always tomorrow.”
Following the election results, Kaptur spoke with MSNBC (via CBS News) where she noted that “our people are bread and butter people” and that she wants to “grow this economy.”
“They expect the president and expect representatives in the Capitol to represent those interests strongly, and I think that's what they voted for tonight,” stated Kaptur.
Kaptur will now go on to face Republican candidate Samuel Wurzelbacher, who is also known as “Joe the Plumber” from the 2008 presidential campaign.
The new 9th congressional district stretches approximately 100 miles from Cleveland west to Toledo and includes 47 percent of Kaptur’s district – analysts suggest that 47 percent figure led to Kaptur’s victory.