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O-High Tension in O-hio’s Primary!


The first Morning Jolt of Super Primary Week . . .

Ohio Republicans Want You to Stay Up Late Tuesday Night

Want drama? Ohio’s got drama.

GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has pulled into a statistical dead heat with rival Rick Santorum in Ohio, two new polls find.

A Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Sunday shows Romney and Santorum tied with 32 percent support from likely GOP voters in Ohio, two days ahead of that state’s crucial Republican primary. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich follows with 17 percent support, trailed by Rep. Ron Paul (Texas) at 6 percent.

Santorum still holds an edge in the NBC News/Marist poll, but within that survey’s margin of error. That poll finds Santorum has the support of 34 percent of likely GOP voters in the state, ahead of Romney at 32 percent. NBC/Marist finds House Speaker Newt Gingrich at 15 percent support, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul at 13 percent.

Ohio is one of 10 states voting on “Super Tuesday.”

“This race could really go either way between now and Tuesday,” Ipsos pollster Chris Jackson said in a report from Reuters. “If Mitt Romney is able to close this out and win this race, that gives him a leg up in going all the way to the convention and winning the Republican nomination.”

“I just think it’s going to very close,” said Marist College Institute for Public Opinion Director Lee Miringoff, in a statement.

The downside for Santorum: There are certain delegates he can’t win in Ohio. “Santorum failed to submit the required paperwork in three of the state’s congressional districts to be eligible to win any delegates and only partial paperwork in six other districts. And it’s in those six where things start to get complicated.”

The upside for Santorum: I guess he doesn’t have to spend a dime in those three districts, huh?

Still, the talk from Team Sweater Vest sounded a little cautious Sunday:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum is hedging his bets on Super Tuesday votes in Ohio, saying that the delegate-heavy Buckeye State presents a challenge, “only because of the fact of the money disadvantage.” But the former Pennsylvania senator also delivered an upbeat note about the state during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.” “We’re running a grass-roots campaign, we’re hanging in there, and we’re going to do very, very well,” he said. “We have the anti-Romney vote, if you will.”

Oh, and if you want some giggles, keep an eye on a down-ballot Ohio fight:

Two labor favorites in Congress face each other in Ohio’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, putting the politically active United Auto Workers union in an unhappy position in the middle.

Dennis Kucinich, a political icon for a generation in Cleveland, and Marcy Kaptur, a popular figure in Toledo, were drawn into a single district by GOP district map-makers.

Each has been repeatedly re-elected in neighboring congressional districts populated by auto plants and thousands of union workers. But their historic political bases, Cleveland and Toledo, are shrinking, and suddenly UAW members must choose between two candidates with 95 percent ratings on votes important to labor.

Are we ready for an America where we can’t laugh at Kucinich in Congress?

Also out this morning:

The Ohio Republican presidential primary remains too close to call, but former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the momentum, and 34 percent of likely Republican primary voters, to former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum’s 31 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. This is a 10-point shift from a February 27 Ohio survey by the independent Quinnipiac University showing Santorum with a 36 – 29 percent lead.

The entire “class warfare” argument continues to be refuted by the Quinnipiac numbers. The rich guy, Romney, is winning voters making less than $30,000 per year, 31 percent to 24 percent; working-class populist Santorum is winning those making between $50,000 and $100,000 per year, 36 percent to 33 percent. Among those making more than $100,000 per year, Romney leads, 43 percent to 30 percent.

Tags: Dennis Kucinich , Mitt Romney , Rick Santorum

Ohio Redistricting Ensures Messy Democrat Primaries Next Year


Over in Ohio, the redistricting plan is moving forward. The state is set to lose two congressional seats, and their state delegation will probably include one and perhaps two fewer Democrats in January 2013. The state now includes 13 Republicans and five Democrats.

Steve Chabot and Jim Renacci, elected in 2010, will enjoy more heavily-Republican districts, as will Steve Latourette. A heavily-Democratic seat is being created in the center of Columbus, but Steve Stivers and Pat Tiberi will enjoy more heavily-Republican and more suburban districts.

As for the Democrats, they face two significant challenges from the new lines. The first big headache for Democrats:

Republican and Democratic sources say that in Northeast Ohio, the plan will shift Copley Township Democrat Betty Sutton into a largely Republican district that’s being constructed to favor the re-election of freshman GOP Rep. Jim Renacci of Wadsworth.

As the Cleveland Plain-Dealer notes:

The western Cuyahoga County power base of Cleveland Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich will become part of a district that snakes along Lake Erie from Toledo and is designed to favor the re-election of longtime Toledo Democratic Rep. Marcy Kaptur.

Primaries after redistricting are like Thunderdome: Two incumbents enter, one incumbent leaves.

Tags: Dennis Kucinich , House Republicans , Marcy Kaptur , Ohio

In Syria, Assad Holds a Three-Hour Meeting With... Who?


It really is all or nothing with the Obama administration.

Not long ago, the Washington Post looked at what Obama and his administration had actually done after the president’s bold pledges to help the Syrian people’s struggle against a brutal and oppressive regime of Bashar al-Assad, and concluded his work can be summarized in a single word: “nothing.”

Today, we learn that Assad has been subjected to a three hour meeting with Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-District To Be Named Later.

I know Assad and his regime killed more than thousand people during this uprising (so far), but does even he deserve to listen to Kucinich for three hours? Couldn’t he have been given the option of something gentler, like water-boarding?

Jokes aside, it appears that as misguided as Kucinich’s outreach to Assad is, he’s done more on Syria than the president has.

Tags: Barack Obama , Dennis Kucinich

Ohio to Trade Kucinich to Washington for Draft Picks


Carpetbagging gets more and more fascinating as time goes by. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio) worried early and loudly that he might be the loser in his home state’s redistricting as they eliminate one district. Looks like liberals in another state are . . . well, looking to recruit him!

As noted by Eli Sanders at the Stranger, there is talk among high-level political sources about why Kucinich, the fiery liberal-vegan-sometimes-presidential-candidate has been spending time recently in Washington state.

I thought this was nuts when I first heard about it today, but have since talked to a reputable source who says there may be something to the chatter.

A call to Kucinich’s office this afternoon did not put the rumor to rest.

Kucinich’s press secretary, Nathan White, sent along this statement:

“After people found out that Congressman Kucinich’s district could be eliminated or substantially altered in congressional redistricting by the Ohio Legislature’s Republican majority, Congressman Kucinich received requests from people in twenty states, including Washington State, encouraging him to move and run in their area. The Daily Show interview is instructive of this sentiment.

“Congressman Kucinich appreciates the interest expressed in his public service. As he has repeatedly said, he fully intends to remain in Congress; he just doesn’t know in what district he will run. In the meantime, he is devoted to serving Ohio’s 10th district as it currently stands.”

I understand all of that Pacific Northwest rain and cool temperatures are bad for olives, so Kucinich can feel safe.

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Dennis Kucinich: ‘Where Is My District? Seriously.’


Just think: we may be on the verge of a Congressman Dennis Kucinich-free world.

He writes his constituents:

Dear Friend, 

The New York TimesNewsweek, and Fox News have all recently headlined stories that I may lose my Congressional seat, not through an election, but through redistricting! Due to the new census figures, Ohio will lose two seats in Congress. The Ohio Legislature (Republican) will redraw the map with 16 instead of 18 districts for the 2012 Election. Speculation nationally, and more importantly, in Ohio is that my district may be eliminated, absorbed into parts of other districts. Keep in mind, given the early Ohio primary, the filing deadline could be only a year away…

You have helped to make possible my presence in the Congress through seven terms, and carried me through some hotly contested elections. I am very grateful for your continued support. I am also very grateful to the people of Ohio’s 10th District for the privilege of serving. Yet, in light of the strong chance that my district may be eliminated, my continued presence in Congress, to work for everything we care about, will obviously call for a much different strategy. I will not wait until a new Ohio map is produced to begin this crucial discussion of the consequences of congressional redistricting. I will not wait until the Ohio Legislature produces a new map to start thinking of the options. The question will not be: Who is my opponent? The question will be: Where is my district? Seriously. We are going to have to prepare for a different kind of election, possibly in a different place because my district may be eliminated. We are going to have to organize in a different way, now. The question will remain: Where?

This discussion is consequential. Please participate by providing your insight and advice [email protected] I will be in contact with you.

Translation: Let me build up an e-mail list for future fund-raising and organizing.

Tags: Dennis Kucinich

Not Longer Solid D: Frank Pallone, Dennis Kucinich, Peter DeFazio


The Cook Political Report makes a few more adjustments to its ratings, one week out:

  • MA-06   John Tierney   Solid D to Likely D
  • NJ-06   Frank Pallone   Solid D to Likely D
  • NC-04   David Price   Solid D to Likely D
  • OH-10   Dennis Kucinich   Solid D to Likely D
  • OR-04   Peter DeFazio   Solid D to Likely D
  • TN-05   Jim Cooper   Solid D to Likely D
  • TX-25   Lloyd Doggett   Solid D to Likely D

The group is projecting

a Democratic net loss of 48 to 60 seats, with higher losses possible. A turnover of just 39 seats would tip majority status into Republican hands. The midterm maelstrom pulling House Democrats under shows no signs of abating, if anything it has intensified. Whereas fewer than a third of Democratic Senate seats are up for election, House Democrats are suffering the full violence of this national undertow. Over a quarter of the entire 255-member House Democratic caucus have trailed GOP opponents in at least one public or private survey, and nearly half have tested under 50 percent of the vote in at least one poll.

In related news, a large green figure is reportedly smashing through the walls of the offices of The Weekly Standard.

Tags: Dennis Kucinich , Frank Pallone

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