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Boehner: 'We're going to have a big win'

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) seemed to show relaxed optimism this morning as he met with voters here. His prediction for Tuesday night: “I think we’re going to have a big win.”

Boehner, the potential next Speaker of the House, and congressional candidate Steve Stivers shook hands with people at a restaurant down the street from the Ohio State University and dropped by a call center in Ohio’s 15th District. This district is the scene of a rematch between Stivers, a businessman, and incumbent Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D). Kilroy won her race in 2008 by the narrowest of margins and underperformed President Obama by more than any Democrat in the country. NBC rates the race Lean Republican.

Talking with a patron about working non-stop for nine months, Boehner joked, “I’ll have a baby Tuesday night…a big one.” (Rep. John Boccieri, a Democrat from Ohio, had to leave a rally with Bill Clinton yesterday because Boccieri's wife went into labor.)

Boehner told another woman, when asked if he was looking forward to this “next wave in Congress, “I sure am.” The group around him laughed.

He didn’t answer questions about the president’s visit to Ohio today or the thwarted possible attempted terrorist attack from Friday.