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Democrats' crisis in the 11th district is resolved
State Sen. Nina Turner pulls out of race for the 11th, making things much easier for Democrats, President Obama
by WKSU's KABIR BHATIA
and M.L. SCHULTZE


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Kabir Bhatia
 
The last-minute decision by state Sen. Nina Turner not to challenge Marcia Fudge for her Cleveland congressional seat made things a lot easier for a lot of Democrats, including President Obama. The president is visiting the Cleveland area Wednesday, and Hiram College political scientist Jason Johnson tells WKSU’s Kabir Bhatia that NOT having to deal with infighting among Democrats is important for the president this week, and throughout 2012.
Democrats' crisis in the 11th district is resolved

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State Senator Nina Turner’s initial decision to challenge Marcia Fudge for the congressional district that stretches from Cleveland to Akron rankled state Democratic powers, especially African-Americans. She announced Friday she’s giving up on her run – not because she doesn’t think she can do a better job, but because the time between now and the March primary is too short to take on an incumbent effectively. 

Hiram College political scientist Jason Johnson says Turner has a lot of the style of the late Stephanie Tubbs Jones, who held the seat until her death in 2008. But Fudge has the political organization. Turner was getting pressure from Democrats and having trouble raising money, and Johnson says that makes the withdrawal unsurprising.

That’s Hiram College political scientist Jason Johnson. Ohio’s 11th district is one of just four out of 16 in the state that lean Democratic. Fudge still faces real estate broker Daniel Reilly in the March 6th primary.  The two faced off in the 2010 primary as well.
 
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