Ex-GOP lawmaker: Takeaway from Pa. special election is ‘Madam Speaker’
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Former GOP Rep. David Jolly (Fla.) said on Tuesday that his takeaway from the special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District was "Madam Speaker," referencing a potential Democratic takeover of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.

In an early morning tweet, Jolly said, "Probably the primary takeaway from PA-18 is: Madam Speaker."

Jolly's tweet appeared to foreshadow the possibility of House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D'Alesandro PelosiCárdenas starts legal defense fund for sex abuse lawsuit Booming economy, kept promises, making America great — again The Hill's Morning Report — Trump showcases ICE ahead of midterm elections MORE (D-Calif.) retaking the Speaker's gavel in the wake of Democratic candidate Conor Lamb's declared victory in the Pittsburgh-area district. 


State Rep. Rick Saccone (R) has not officially conceded and could seek a recount.

The district, which went for President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump threatens ex-intel official's clearance, citing comments on CNN Protesters topple Confederate monument on UNC campus Man wanted for threatening to shoot Trump spotted in Maryland MORE in 2016 by a 20-point margin, was once considered a safe Republican seat. 

However, Lamb leads Saccone by 641 votes, with 100 percent of the precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press. Some absentee ballots were yet to be counted.

Republicans pumped more than $10 million into the district to boost Saccone and dispatched high-profile surrogates like President Trump and Vice President Pence to the area.

The race, and other recent Democratic victories, have made Republicans nervous about the midterm elections in November. 

Jolly announced on Tuesday that he would not challenge Rep. Charlie CristCharles (Charlie) Joseph CristThe Hill's Morning Report: As Trump talks, his lawyers sweat Inviting disaster: Ignoring the lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon Former Florida congressmen mull bipartisan gubernatorial run: report MORE (D), who defeated him in 2016. He took a shot at  Trump in the process, saying that he thought the president should face a primary challenge in 2020.