Kucinich Loses House Seat

Dennis Kucinich, Congress’ lone vegan, lost Ohio’s congressional Democratic primary on Tuesday.


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After a rigorous reelection campaign against veteran congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Dennis Kucinich has lost the Ohio congressional Democratic primary and, as a result, his seat in the House. Congress’ lone vegan, an eight-term House veteran and two-time presidential hopeful, is known for his progressive politics, anti-war advocacy, and compassionate lifestyle—his wife, Elizabeth, is an outspoken animal welfare-activist who serves as Government Affairs Director for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Former colleagues, Kaptur and Kucinich were forced to run against one another after congressional redistricting in Ohio merged both of their districts. In his concession speech, Kucinich decried his opponent’s media campaign, calling it “utterly lacking in integrity.”

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