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House incumbents to square off in 11 primaries

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WASHINGTON — Veteran Democratic Reps. Dennis Kucinich and Marcy Kaptur have been friends for years, but their Ohio primary fight has been anything but friendly.

Their showdown, to be decided on Super Tuesday, kicks off 11 primary contests in the coming months that are expected to pit House incumbents against each other after redistricting in states including Pennsylvania, New Jersey and California.

Seven races involve Democrats. Four contests feature Republicans. Such intraparty fights that often force longtime colleagues to battle for their political survival can strain friendships and take some nasty turns.

Districts are redrawn every 10 years to reflect population changes in the new census. Whichever party controls a state legislature typically sets redistricting so that incumbents in the majority party are protected and minority party seats are put at risk.