New US House districts reshape a few Ohio races

JOHN SEEWER Associated Press Published:

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's new congressional map is creating some difficult decisions for Democrats voting in the March 6 primary.

They're being forced to choose between two veteran U.S. House members in Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIN'-ich) in northern Ohio. And in the central part of the state, four well-known Democrats are battling for a newly created congressional district that includes most of Columbus.

The race between Kaptur and Kucinich is drawing the most interest. Both are popular with organized labor and have solid support in the reconfigured district, which stretches from Toledo to Cleveland.

The race to watch on the Republican side is in southwest Ohio. Rep. Jean Schmidt is being challenged by an Iraq war veteran who ran unsuccessfully for Cincinnati mayor in 2009.