Kucinich vs. Kaptur: Who will win?

Rep. Marcy Kaptur, incumbent congressperson, Ohio District Nine. / WNWO archive

Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich says he's sticking with his plan to run against fellow Democrat Marcy Kaptur in a U.S. House race that will pit two veteran lawmakers.

Kucinich had spent the last few weeks mulling whether to run against Kaptur or seek another seat in Cleveland after the Ohio Legislature approved a new congressional district map.

The new map gave Kaptur a bigger chunk of her current district in the Toledo area, leading to speculation that Kucinich would look toward an election run against Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

Kucinich said on Wednesday that he will he file to run against Kaptur in a district that hugs the Lake Erie shoreline from Cleveland to Toledo.

Whoever emerges from the March primary will be heavily favored to win the seat.

Kucinich and Kaptur both filed their nominating petitions at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Wednesday afternoon. Samuel Wurzelbacher, aka "Joe the Plumber" could not be reached for comment as to whether or not he filed nominating petitions to appear on the March 6 primary ballot. Candidates who filed nominating petitions earlier this year needed to refile by close of business Wednesday after the state legislature settled the redistriciting controversy.

Wurzelbacher filed his nominating petitions earlier this month to be a Republican candidate in the ninth congressional district.

Kaptur spokesman, Steve Fought, was optimistic about Kaptur's potential appeal to Cleveland voters. "People know Marcy in Toledo, but they don't know her in Cleveland," said Fought. "We're confident that once they get to know her, she'll do well in the west, middle, and eastern portions of the district."

Fought said Kaptur would build organizations in all three regions. "We intend to beat him [Kucinich] in Cuyahoga County."

The Associated Press contributed to this article.