Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) prevailed in the Democratic primary against a insurgent primary campaign from a well-funded Cleveland city councilor, Joe Cimperman and three other Democratic challengers.
With all precincts reporting, Kucinich has defeated Cimperman by a 50 to 35 percent margin. Three other Democrats -- North Olmstead Mayor Tom O’Grady, anti-war activist Rosemary Palmer and 2006 candidate Barbara Ferris -- split the remainder of the vote.
Cimperman attacked Kucinich for neglecting the needs of his Cleveland constituents while running a quixotic campaign for president. He was the first candidate to air television ads parodying Kucinich’s absence from the district.
But Kucinich quickly abandoned his presidential bid to focus on the newly-competitive Congressional race, and his last-minute efforts paid off. He raised over $700,000 in the last two months, tapping into his large national donor base.
He will be facing former GOP state Rep. Jim Trakas in the general election.
In other Ohio primaries, Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) will be facing GOP former state Agriculture Commissioner Fred Dailey in the general election.
And in the seat to be vacated by retiring Rep. Ralph Regula (R-Ohio), state senator Kirk Schuring defeated Ashland County Commissioner Matt Miller by a 47 to 42 percent margin in the GOP primary, with nearly all precincts reporting.
Schuring will face Democratic state senator John Boccieri, considered one of the Democrats' stronger recruits.