GOP senator John Kennedy said Wednesday that the Republican party “got their asses kicked,” in the Pennsylvania special election the night before.

Democrat Connor Lamb declared victory over Republican Rick Saccone in the special House race for Pennsylvania’s 18th District, with 627 more votes than his Republican opponent. The district has been GOP-held for years, and Donald Trump won it in 2016 by more than 20 points.

“We got our ass kicked. It’s what the political prognosticators called a good ol’ fashioned ass-kicking,” Kennedy told CNN’s Manu Raju.


“It took a little longer than we thought, but we did it. You did it,” Lamb told supporters at his election night party shortly before 1 a.m., after he was introduced as “congressman-elect.”

Lamb said he would not support House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) as leader of the party if Democrats took the House in the midterm elections. He also supports of gun rights and — although he has said Roe v. Wade is the law of the land — he is personally opposed to abortion.

The upset marks a significant loss for the GOP and has the Republican party worried about the possibility of losing the House this November.