Paul Ryan Projected To Defeat Challenger In Wisconsin Primary Race

Andrew Cummings
August 10, 2016

House Speaker Paul Ryan is aiming to move past a primary contest Tuesday that drew sudden national interest in recent weeks thanks to Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Ryan, who ran unsuccessfully for vice president in 2012, is predicted to easily beat challenger Paul Nehlen by 66 points in the Republican primary contest ahead of the November 8 general election, a Remington Research Group poll showed last week.

Paul Nehlen's star rose after Trump praised him last week on Twitter, then later pointedly withheld his endorsement of Ryan. "I think it means right here in Wisconsin, people know me very, very well". Ryan had out-raised the unknown Nehlen by a 17 to 1 ratio through the latest reporting period, and was largely ignoring his opponent and was expected to win easily.

Magney said the law was written to prevent election bribery by showing a vote to get paid to vote a certain way. "The outcome is exactly what we were hoping for".

"It's people like Paul Ryan who have hijacked this great country of ours from us", Nehlen told Breitbart host Stephen K. Bannon. "Through Paul's work as Speaker, the people of Wisconsin's 1 District and people all across America have a visionary leader who is not afraid to walk the walk".

After pressure from national Republican leaders - and after his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, broke with Trump to back Ryan-Trump came around last Friday and announced he was supporting Ryan. Trump relented a few days later - but Nehlen believes Trump's early refusal sent a clear signal that Ryan is not his preferred candidate. Ryan was first elected in 1998 and this is his first re-election win since becoming Speaker in 2015.

In this cycle, Ryan's campaign spent more than $8 million through the pre-primary reporting period that ended July 20, compared to the almost $700,000 Nehlen's campaign spent in the same period.

Nehlen relished the attention from Trump and conservative media outlets.

Instead, a simple podium with a "Ryan for Congress" campaign sign was set up in front of three rows of chairs for reporters at meeting hall in his hometown of Janesville. The House speaker supports immigration and trade policies that harm American workers, Nehlen charges.

Nehlen, an executive at a water filtration company, focused his campaign on Ryan's establishment ties and linked himself to Trump's outsider status.

The 35-year-old sailboat captain said he once supported Ryan, but accuses him of failing to lead.

Ryan released a statement after the race was called in his favor.

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