TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Two of Ohio's first-term Republican congressmen face hotly contested races this fall against a pair of familiar names.
Republican James Renacci (ruh-NAY'-see) is up against Democratic Congresswoman Betty Sutton in northeast Ohio. It's one of only two House contests between incumbents nationwide.
It's also one of the most closely watched and costly races in the country.
Freshman Republican Bill Johnson is in a rematch with former Congressman Charlie Wilson in a district that follows the Ohio River in the southeast part of the state.
Republicans hope dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama and the economy will help them keep both seats.
Only a handful of the races in Ohio's 16 congressional districts are truly competitive after the state's political map was redrawn to reflect population shifts.