Ohio Democrats seek GOP missteps in US House races

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Associated Press

Posted on April 7, 2014 at 2:05 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) — Their four congressional seats considered safe, Ohio Democrats are heading into the state's primary election looking to take advantage of openings that might be created by Republican missteps or tea party challenges. But with all 12 GOP incumbents seeking re-election, the odds are stacked against them.

Independent analysts and strategists for both parties say two districts now held by Republicans are competitive.

In northeast Ohio, Republican Rep. David Joyce faces a primary challenge from tea party candidate Matt Lynch.

The winner will face Cleveland Democrat Michael Wager.

And in eastern Ohio, former state Rep. Jennifer Garrison, an anti-abortion, pro-gun rights Democrat, has her party's backing in the primary against Gregory Howard. The winner faces incumbent Rep. Bill Johnson, who is unopposed in the GOP primary.

The primary is May 6.

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