- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 1, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Nearly 2,000 votes have been cast a week ahead of Ohio’s special election to fill the vacancy left by ex-House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur).

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted (HYOO’-sted) says 1,922 absentee ballots were cast as of Friday. That includes 1,054 cast in person and 868 cast by mail. So far, his office says it’s received 2,783 absentee ballot applications.

Republican Warren Davidson faces Democrat Corey Foister and Green Party candidate Jim Condit Jr. in the June 7 special election and the November general election. The winner of Tuesday’s contest will complete Boehner’s term.

Boehner first won the congressional seat in 1990 and resigned last year. His heavily-Republican 8th House district spans six counties containing northern Cincinnati suburbs, working-class cities and rural stretches. Open seats are rare.

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