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 PelosiOn The Money: Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion | Yellen says Trump attacks threaten Fed | Affordable housing set for spotlight in 2020 race Deficit hits six-year high of 9 billion: Treasury GOP has not done a good job of selling economic achievements, says ex-Trump adviser 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 TrumpKey takeaways from the Arizona Senate debate Major Hollywood talent firm considering rejecting Saudi investment money: report Mattis says he thought 'nothing at all' about Trump saying he may leave administration 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 CristEx-Florida lawmaker leaves Republican Party Nelson expected to get a boost from Gillum in toughest reelection in years Florida’s lost summers: Toxic algae ‘emergency’ decades in the making 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.