After flirting with the idea of seeking a congressional seat in Washington state, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich may stay in Ohio after all.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — After flirting with the idea of seeking a congressional seat in Washington state, Democratic Rep. Dennis Kucinich may stay in Ohio after all.

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

The proposal instead would create a district along Lake Erie, forcing a likely faceoff between Kucinich and Rep. Marcy Kaptur, a fellow Democrat from Toledo.

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

As a backup plan, however, the eight-term congressman has made repeated trips to Washington state in recent months, including high-profile speaking appearances at Seattle Hempfest and the Washington State Labor Council annual convention.

He has told constituents he wouldn’t wait for the Ohio Legislature to decide the future of his political career.

Information from Seattle Times archives is included in this report.