Kucinich secures nomination


U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) beat a challenger to his House seat who was financed in part by pro-Israel donors.

Kucinich, a two-time failed presidential candidate, was challenged in the Democratic primary by a Cleveland city councilman, Joe Cimperman, who raised $500,000 – much of it from pro-Israel donors furious with Kucinich for his harsh criticism of Israeli policies in the West Bank and in the 2006 Second Lebanon War.

The Democratic primary challenge was serious enough that Kucinich dropped his perennial quixotic presidential bid in January to campaign for his seat. He ended up raising $689,000 and on Tuesday night appeared to handily defeat Cimperman.

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