Kucinich returns to WA as Dems debate his future

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Ohio Rep. Dennis Kucinich is returning to Washington state for a series of events this weekend as Democrats debate whether he should be welcomed as a potential candidate here in 2012.

Kucinich expects that his current congressional seat will be eliminated when Ohio redraws district boundaries in the coming months. If that happens, Kucinich says he will consider moving to another state but he is declining to discuss potential locations. Washington is gaining a congressional seat in the redistricting process, and Kucinich frequently visits as a guest of advocates who agree with his message.

That doesn't mean Kucinich will get a warm welcome if he tries to make the move. Washington state Democratic Party chairman Dwight Pelz says he doesn't support the idea of Kucinich running in the state.