Echoing RNC chair Michael Steele, House Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLott says lobbying firm cut ties to prevent him from taking clients Lobbying firm cuts ties to Trent Lott amid national anti-racism protests Bush, Romney won't support Trump reelection: NYT 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.