Ohio’s Kucinich wins tough re-election bid


JULIE CARR SMYTH
Associated Press
March 5, 2008

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After sensing early that Joe Cimperman was a formidable opponent, Kucinich abandoned his presidential campaign on Jan. 25.  

COLUMBUS, Ohio ‚ÄĒ Dennis Kucinich, the liberal Ohio politician who has made two failed White House campaigns, won the Democratic primary in his battle to keep his seat.

Kucinich faced the toughest, best-financed challenger in his 12-year congressional career.

Although the presidential primary commanded most of the nation’s attention, Kucinich’s race Tuesday was the best-known congressional contest on ballots in Ohio and Texas.

For years, the 61-year-old Kucinich has won re-election by margins of up to 75 percent in a reliably Democratic district.

But after sensing early that Joe Cimperman was a formidable opponent, Kucinich abandoned his presidential campaign on Jan. 25.

Cimperman, a Cleveland City Council member and former Kucinich admirer, raised nearly $500,000 and landed endorsements from the mayor and the city’s newspaper.

“Mr. Kucinich is not a congressman. He’s a showman,” said Cimperman, 37, who has belittled Kucinich’s Hollywood connections and criticized congressional votes Kucinich missed during his presidential campaigns.

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