Kucinich may stay in Ohio after all

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- After flirting with the idea of seeking a congressional seat in Washington state, U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich may stay in Ohio after all.

In a Tuesday statement issued after the release of a new GOP-proposed congressional map, Kucinich calls the decision not to dismantle his Cleveland district "an amazing turn of events."

The proposal would instead create a district along Lake Erie, forcing a likely face-off between Kucinich and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur of Toledo.

Kucinich says he had been praying for a chance to continue representing his district.

The eight-term congressman has attended political events in Washington and told constituents he wouldn't wait for the Ohio legislature to decide the future of his political career.

He had previously told The Associated Press that he believed he was being "proactive."