Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland (D) on Wednesday called a special election for Nov. 18 to fill the final two months of late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (D) term.
A primary election, if needed, would be held on Oct. 14.
While I recognize the costs that would be associated with a special election, my staff has carefully reviewed this situation and concluded that the U.S. Constitution requires me to call one, Strickland said in a statement.
Jones died suddenly last week at the age of 58. Because she had already been nominated for another term, local Democratic officials must decide who will replace her on the ballot in the regular Nov. 4 general election.
State officials have estimated that the cost of the special election will be $2 million or more.