Ohio's 9th Congressional District elections, 2012

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Ohio's 9th Congressional District

General Election Date
November 6, 2012

Primary Date
March 6, 2012

November 6 Election Winner:
Marcy Kaptur Democratic Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Marcy Kaptur Democratic Party
Marcy Kaptur.jpg

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections

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The 9th congressional district of Ohio will hold an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 6, 2012.

Candidates wishing to run were required to file by the signature filing deadline of December 7, 2011. The primary elections will be held on March 6, 2012.

This ninth is in northern Ohio, and borders the state of Michigan and Lake Erie. Heading into the election the incumbent is Marcy Kaptur (D), though because of redistricting, she will face a primary challenge from Dennis J. Kucinich, who represents Ohio's 10th district. Kaptur has represented the 9th district since 1983.[1]


Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Libertarian Party Libertarian Candidate

Impact of Redistricting

See also Redistricting in Ohio

Following the 2010 Census, Ohio was forced to eliminate two of its 18 congressional seats. Other than Ohio, only New York lost two seats. Although Ohio still saw positive net growth (only Michigan lost population in the past decade), urban areas in the state saw steep population declines. Of Ohio's five largest cities -- Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Toledo and Akron -- only Columbus showed population growth (10.6% since 2000). Of the five, Cleveland suffered the sharpest decline, losing 17.1% its population.[5]

Taken together, these factors required legislators to cut a district from the Cleveland area. However, state lawmakers were bound to preserve (and expand) Marcia Fudge's (D) heavily African American 11th District due to provisions of the Voting Rights Act. From early in the process, outspoken Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich was seen as a likely target for Ohio's Republican-dominated legislature. Ultimately, the Ohio Legislature decided to eliminate Kucinich's 10th District and connect its remnants with an elongated District 9.

The decision set off a major primary battle between Kucinich and 9th District incumbent Marcy Kaptur (D). At first, the new district favored Kucinich, but revisions to the plan have returned a number of Kaptur's old constituents to District 9.[6]

 Changes to Ohio's Ninth Congressional District  


Primary Endorsements

Democratic primary

Marcy Kaptur:

Dennis Kucinich:

Graham Veysey:

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Republican primary

Samuel Wurzelbacher:

Steven Kraus:


February 4, 2012

On Saturday, February 4, candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, Veysey, and Kraus participated in a debate held at Sandusky's Ebenezer Baptist Church. The debate was hosted by the NAACP. Coverage of the debate can be found here.

February 13, 2012

On Monday, February 13, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate for Time Warner Cable's Northeast Ohio Network. Coverage of the debate can be found here.

February 20, 2012

On Monday, February 20, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate hosted by the City Club of Cleveland. Coverage of the debate can be found here. Full audio of the debate can be found here.

February 23, 2012

On Thursday, February 23, the Sandusky Register will host a debate featuring the District 9 Democratic candidates. Information on tickets and attendance can be found here.


The following is a selection of audio and video for the District 9 candidates. Some were released by candidates, others by local media.

Marcy Kaptur

Marcy Kaptur, "Service 2012"[7]

Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich, "Kucinich Speaks for Unemployed"[8]

Graham Veysey

Graham Veysey, "It's Halftime Northern Ohio"[9]

Samuel Wurzelbacher

WUPW, "Joe The Plumber to run for Ohio's 9th District"[10]

Steven Kraus

Steve Kraus, "Steve Kraus on Energy"[11]

Sean Stipe

Sean Stipe, "Biden calls on Libertarians"[12]

District History


On November 2, 2010, Kaptur won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Rich Iott in the general election.[13]

U.S. House of Representatives, Ohio Congressional District 9 Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarcy Kaptur Incumbent 59.4% 121,819
     Republican Rich Iott 40.6% 83,423
Total Votes 205,242

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