COLUMBUS — Veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has conceded to long-time congressional colleague Marcy Kaptur in the battle for a newly drawn Ohio congressional district.
Kucinich made his concession speech just past midnight Wednesday as the sometimes nasty faceoff ended. He said Kaptur “ran a campaign lacking in integrity, filled with false truths.”
Kaptur was leading by more than 24 points with 84 percent of precincts reporting.
Kucinich was ahead in his home county, Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh), but Kaptur was ahead in four other counties that make up the sprawling, newly drawn district.
Joseph “Joe the Plumber” Wurzelbacher was holding a slight lead over Toledo real estate agent Steve Kraus on the Republican side.
The winner of the Democratic primary is favored to win in the fall.