Washington (CNN)-Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich may have been spared his seat when new congressional district maps were drawn in Ohio, but two states away, freshman Rep. Joe Walsh wasn't so lucky.
Walsh announced Wednesday that he will seek re-election to Congress where his home is-in the new 14th Congressional District of Illinois. The trouble is, Walsh represents the 8th Congressional District while fellow Republican Rep. Randy Hultgren currently represents the 14th District. He also plans to seek re-election there, for his second term.
Lines for the present 8th Congressional District have been re-drawn to reflect population changes revealed in the 2010 U.S. Census; Walsh’s territory changed as a result of the redistricting and the new 14th Congressional District will include his residence.
And he seems prepared for a primary battle against the GOP freshman congressman.
"I understand that there is another Republican Congressman drawn into this new district, Randy Hultgren, and it would be unfortunate if we had to run against each other," Walsh said in an e-mail to supporters.
"The new 14th District, if it stands, doesn't belong to any incumbent or any politician. The district belongs to the people of this district and they will have to decide who their next representative is."
Hultgren begged to differ."I'm disappointed that the Congressman from the 8th District has decided to abandon his own district to run against me in a primary," he said in written statement.
Walsh, who apologized in early September for calling President Obama "idiotic," pointed the finger at Democrats for creating the mashup in the first place.
"As you know, the Democrats controlled the entire redistricting process in Illinois and they've drawn a map which attempts to overturn the 2010 election," he said.
"The Republicans have filed suit to challenge the Democrat-drawn map and have presented the court with their own fair map. We should get an answer from the Court in November but I didn't want to wait that long to let you all know what I'll be doing."
"No matter which map prevails, I've decided to run for re-election from the district in which I live," Walsh continued.
But Hultgren accused the tea party favorite of fitting into party opposition plans by pursuing a bid outside of his current district.
"He's playing into the hands of the Springfield Democrats and Nancy Pelosi, who have drawn the Congressional map for Illinois specifically to encourage just such a contest," Hultgren said.
The proposed map of the new 14th District envelops territory from both congressmen's current districts, including McHenry, where Walsh resides, and Winfield, where Hultgren is from.
Although Walsh assured his supporters that both he and his soon-to-be-primary-opponent are "good conservatives" he previewed the contest to come saying, "there are also healthy differences between the two of us, we've both had a very different initial tenure in Washington, and the voters in the new district will decide which one of us will best be their voice in DC.”
Hultgren expressed his own view of what voters want, saying "The residents of the 14th District are looking for responsible leadership for the long haul."
Two Democrats have already joined the race in Illinois’ 14th: Veterans’ Affairs Assistant Sec. Tammy Duckworth and former Deputy State Treasurer Raja Krishnamoorthi.