Echoing RNC chair Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled Key Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock From learning on his feet to policy director MORE (R-Ohio) predicted Wednesday that Republican Jim Tedisco will eventually emerge as the winner of Tuesday's special election in upstate New York.

After voting Tuesday, Tedisco trails Democrat Scott Murphy by 59 votes. Thousands of absentee ballots remain uncounted, though.

"When all the ballots are counted, I'll be proud to escort Jim Tedisco down the center aisle of the House to be sworn in as our newest member," Boehner said, according to CNN.