It's the only race in Ohio pitting two incumbent representatives in Congress against each other, and Wednesday was the only scheduled debate before the election between Republican Jim Renacci and Democrat Betty Sutton.
The City Club of Cleveland hosted the debate, where the topics ranged from debt reduction, to Medicare funding, to the process that put them into their contentious race in the first place.
With State Issue 2 on the ballot, designed to change the process for redrawing the districts, Renacci admitted he did not like the way it was done, but he says with Issue 2, it would put the process in the hands of a commission that's not accountable to voters.
Sutton, meanwhile, says Renacci was communicating with those in charge of redistricting. She claims the process allowed a portion of the Canton area to be included by a wealthy donor to his campaign.
Results from the 2010 Census meant that Ohio lost two congressional seats, leading to the redrawn lines.
The two even went toe-to-toe on the "Cash for Clunkers" program from 2009. Renacci said his auto dealership was put out of business, and made used cars less affordable. Sutton, who was in Congress and voted for the measure, says it created 60,000 jobs, and spurred auto sales again.