Update II: It's official, Dennis! will be running again. Email sent out this afternoon says, "We have a district."
Update: Dennis! Kucinich last night issued this statement, which basically says that he'll probably run in a primary in 2012 against Marcy Kaptur for the sliver-along-the-lake district which will now include the west side of Cleveland, which wasn't chopped up as many thought it would be.
"It is an amazing turn of events that the legislature decided not to dismantle the district I represent. I have been praying that I could continue to serve my Cleveland-area constituency and it looks like I have a chance. That is all I could have hoped for."
Cue Jim Carrey: "So you're saying there's a chance."
Sorry, Seattle. Looks likes he's ours for the foreseeable future.
Sources tell the Dayton Daily News and the Plain Dealer that the current redistricting map proposal by Ohio Republicans, while "fluid" and not official, would eliminate not one, but two Democratic seats in Northeast Ohio.
Everyone's pretty much known that Dennis! Kucinich would be a target, though some speculated that Betty Sutton would be an easier slash for the GOP. Turns out it might be both.
The current plan would call for Sutton's district to shift to that of a block meant to ensure Rep. Jim Renacci (Wadsworth) wins re-election. Marcia Fudge's district "will be stretched down the I-77 to include parts of Akron that are predominantly African-American, and retain an majority minority district in the state."
Meanwhile, Dennis! Kucinich will see his plot of land be combined with the territory of Toledo Dem Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a district running along Lake Erie that the PD reports would be designed to give the edge to Kaptur.
Since two Democratic seats are being whacked in NEO, one would be added in the Columbus area, while two current Republicans would square off in a primary for a combined district.
As it stands, 12 of the 16 districts in Ohio would then be held by Republicans.
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