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
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Ohio U.S. House Elections
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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 were held on March 6, 2012.

This ninth is in northern Ohio, and borders the state of Michigan and Lake Erie. On March 30, 2012 the National Journal released a list of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [1] The 9th district was included in the list.[1]

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.[2]

Politico rated the 9th district race between Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur one of the 5 ugliest member vs. member battles.[3]

Candidates

General election candidates

Democratic Party Marcy KapturGreen check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Samuel Wurzelbacher
Libertarian Party Sean Stipe


March 6, 2012 primary results

Democratic Party Democratic primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Libertarian PartyLibertarian candidate

Race background

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in Ohio in 2012 as one of the states that could determine whether Democrats retake the House or Republicans will hold its majority in 2013.[7] Ohio tied with Pennsylvania for 9th on the list.[7]

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.[8]

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.[9]

On March 30, 2012 the National Journal released a list of the top ten most contorted congressional districts, as a result of redistricting. [1] The 9th district was on the list.[1]

 Changes to Ohio's Ninth Congressional District  

Issues

Primary Endorsements

Democratic primary

Marcy Kaptur:

Dennis Kucinich:

Graham Veysey:

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Republican primary

Samuel Wurzelbacher:

Steven Kraus:

Debates

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 22, 2012

On Wednesday, Democratic candidates Kaptur, Kucinich, and Veysey participated in a debate hosted by the Coalition for Hispanic/Latino Issues & Progress (CHIP). Full video of the debate can be found here.

February 23, 2012

On Thursday, February 23, the Sandusky Register hosted a debate featuring the District 9 Democratic candidates. Full video of the debate can be found here.

Polls

District 9 Democratic Primary
Poll Marcy Kaptur Dennis J. KucinichGraham VeyseyUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
American Public Polling
February 20 – 27, 2012
39%35%10%16%+/- Not published200
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to editor@ballotpedia.org

Media

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"[10]











Dennis Kucinich


Dennis Kucinich, "Kucinich Speaks for Unemployed"[11]












Graham Veysey


Graham Veysey, "It's Halftime Northern Ohio"[12]












Samuel Wurzelbacher


WUPW, "Joe The Plumber to run for Ohio's 9th District"[13]













Steven Kraus


Steve Kraus, "Steve Kraus on Energy"[14]













Sean Stipe


Sean Stipe, "Biden calls on Libertarians"[15]












District History

2010

On November 2, 2010, Kaptur won re-election to the United States House of Representatives. She defeated Rich Iott in the general election.[16]

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

See also

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