(CNN) - Rep. Dennis Kucinich of Ohio lost his bid for re-election in the state's Democratic primary Tuesday night to fellow longtime House Democrat Marcy Kaptur, CNN projects.
The two veteran lawmakers were drawn into the same district this cycle after a heated redistricting battle that followed the loss of two Congressional seats in the state.
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Kaptur, now in her 15th term, is the longest serving woman in the House of Representatives. Kucinich's 10th congressional district was eliminated and merged with Kaptur's 9th district.
In a statement Tuesday night, Kaptur thanked her opponent for "his spirited debate."
"I look forward to bringing jobs to the region and strengthening the economy of northern Ohio, from Cleveland to Lorain, Sandusky, Port Clinton, and Toledo," Kaptur continued.
According to her campaign aide, she had not received a call from Kucinich conceding, as of the early hours of Wednesday morning.
Kucinich, an eight-term congressman, had considered running in a different district-even one outside of Ohio state lines-but decided in September to stay put in the northern edge of the state.
– CNN's Ashley Killough and Deirdre Walsh contributed to this report.