03/01/2012 05:50 pm ET

Tom Hanks, Bob Dole Endorse Marcy Kaptur Over Dennis Kucinich In Ohio Primary

Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) has captured an unusual trio of endorsements in the Democratic primary. Actor Tom Hanks, Republican former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole and Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) are all backing her in a hotly-contested race against fellow Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio).

All three worked with Kaptur to build the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., The Cleveland Plain-Dealer reports.

"As partners with Congresswoman Kaptur in the long national effort to build the Memorial, we wish her all the best in her campaign for re-election and we urge Ohio voters to support her on March 6," Hanks, Dole and Dingell wrote in a letter.

As Roll Call notes, Kucinich also has his share of Hollywood supporters and friends, including Shirley MacLaine, Sean Penn and Russell Simmons.

Kaptur and Kucinich were pushed into the same district after congressional redistricting eliminated two of Ohio's 18 current seats. The primary election takes place on March 6.

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