2753Kucinich, Paul win primary contests
- Mar 5, 2008http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0308/8853.html
Kucinich, Paul win primary contests
By: Josh Kraushaar
Mar 5, 2008 08:28 AM EST
Two congressmen running long-shot bids for the
presidency comfortably prevailed in last nights
primaries despite facing upstart primary challengers.
Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) easily defeated a
well-funded Cleveland city councilor, Joe Cimperman,
and three other Democratic challengers.
Kucinich defeated Cimperman by a 50 to 35 percent
margin. Three other Democrats North Olmstead Mayor
Tom OGrady, anti-war activist Rosemary Palmer and
2006 candidate Barbara Ferris split the remainder of
Cimperman attacked Kucinich for neglecting the needs
of his Cleveland constituents while running a quixotic
campaign for president. He was the first candidate to
air television ads parodying Kucinichs absence from
But Kucinich quickly abandoned his presidential bid to
focus on the newly-competitive Congressional race, and
his last-minute efforts paid off. He raised over
$700,000 in the last two months, tapping into his
large national donor base.
Kucinich will be facing former GOP state Rep. Jim
Trakas in the general election.
Meanwhile, Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) handily defeated
his Republican rival, Friendswood City Councilman
Chris Peden, in tonights primary and will be heading
back to Congress for another term.
Paul defeated Peden by a 70 percent to 30 percent
Paul had drawn fire from conservatives in the district
for his strident opposition to the Iraq war during his
long-shot presidential bid. But Peden ultimately
wasnt able to raise enough money and organize
effectively to end up mounting a serious challenge.
In another contested Republican primary in Texas,
Bexar County Commissioner Lyle Larson scored an upset
victory self-funded attorney Quico Canseco despite
being outspent by a significant margin.
Larson won 62 percent of the vote to Cansecos 38
percent. He will face freshman Rep. Ciro Rodriguez
(D-Texas), who is one of the top Republican targets
for the fall.
Dermatologist Shelley Sekula Gibbs will face Pete
Olson, Sen. John Cornyn's former chief of staff, in an
April 8 runoff for the GOP nomination in Texas' 22nd
District. With 92 percent of precincts reporting,
Sekula Gibbs won 29 percent of the vote while Olson
took 23 percent of the vote. The winner of the runoff
will face Rep. Nick Lampson (D-Tex.) in the general
In other Ohio primaries, Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio)
defeated state Rep. Tom Brinkman with 56 percent of
the vote. She will face physician Victoria Wulsin, her
2006 opponent, in the general election.
Rep. Zack Space (D-Ohio) will be facing GOP former
state Agriculture Commissioner Fred Dailey in the
general election. Dailey narrowly defeated three other
And in the seat to be vacated by retiring Rep. Ralph
Regula (R-Ohio), state senator Kirk Schuring defeated
Ashland County Commissioner Matt Miller by a 47 to 42
percent margin in the GOP primary, with all precincts
Schuring will face Democratic state senator John
Boccieri, considered one of the Democrats' stronger recruits.