GOP Wins Closely Watched US House Seat in SE Ohio

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Republican Bill Johnson has kept his U.S. House seat in a closely watched rematch in southeast Ohio.

Johnson won a second term in Congress on Tuesday over Democratic former U.S. Rep. Charlie Wilson.

Democrats seeking to take back control of Congress had hoped to pick up Ohio's 6th District, which covers much of the state's Appalachian region and has been highly been competitive the past two decades.

Both sides and outside groups spent heavily on campaign ads.

Johnson had tried to link his Democratic opponent with President Barack Obama. Wilson sought to distance himself from the president and his environmental policies, which have been unpopular in the coal-producing area.

Johnson was one of five Republicans in Ohio who knocked off Democratic incumbents two years ago.

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