Ohio's congressional map turns Democrats into foes

By ANDREW MIGA and JOHN SEEWER | October 7, 2011 | 10:10 AM EDT

FILE -- In this Sept. 20, 2011 file photo, U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich and U.S. Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur sit side by side as Vice President Joe Biden visits a small manufacturing business in Solon, Ohio. Ohio's new congressional district map has the two veteran Democratic politicians who call themselves friends into an awkward primary face-off that both sides expect to be hard-fought. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio's new congressional district map has thrust Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Dennis Kucinich (koo-SIN'-ich), two veteran Democratic politicians who call themselves friends, into an awkward primary faceoff. Both sides expect a tough fight. Already, the friendly veneer is beginning to fade.

Kaptur is casting herself as a workhorse who has risen to be an influential insider on Capitol Hill. And while not well-known nationally, she notes she has gone to bat for Ohio. Kucinich is a quirky two-time presidential candidate with a national following among progressives.

The pair will run in a new district stretching from Cleveland to Toledo. Ohio is losing two of its U.S. House seats.

The new district tilts heavily to Democrats, so whoever emerges from the primary will be a big favorite to win the seat.