House Speaker John Boehner told Democrats on Wednesday to stop trying to spin the special election in Florida that the party lost Tuesday night.
"Listen, I've stood here after losing some special elections. I've tried to put lipstick on a pig, and it's still a pig," Boehner said. "You can bet they'll try to put lipstick on it today, but you all know what the facts are."
The comments came the day after Republican David Jolly
defeated Democrat Alex Sink in the special election to fill the seat of the late Rep. Bill Young, who died in October.
While the seat was held by Young, a Republican, since 1971, the district voted for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012. Jolly had also been trailing Sink in recent polls.
The race is seen as a bellwether
for the midterm elections in November, and Republicans say that it shows that Democrats are likely to pay for their support of Obamacare at the polls.
The speaker sent out a tweet following Jolly's victory Tuesday night:
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