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Voters will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a representative for Iowa's 89th House District.

Monica Kurth, a Davenport Democrat, is facing Mike Gonzales, a Republican from Davenport.

Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. in the district, which includes much of west Davenport. Included are parts of the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th and 8th wards.

Kurth is a retired educator and counselor. Gonzales is a sergeant with the LeClaire Police Department.

About 1,100 absentee ballots had been turned in for the election, the Scott County Auditor's office said early Monday. Democrats had turned in 941 ballots, while Republicans had returned 57. Those who did not belong to either major party had turned in 145 ballots.

Absentee ballots are expected to make up a large part of the total turnout.

The special election is being held to fill the seat vacated by state Sen. Jim Lykam, D-Davenport. Lykam won the special election last month to fill the District 45 Senate seat, which was left vacant after the death last September of Sen. Joe Seng, D-Davenport.

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