House Speaker Paul Ryan will easily defeat challenger Paul Nehlen in the Republican primary for Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District.
This was a fairly obvious fact to everyone, but Donald Trump's brief flirtation with Paul Nehlen last week stirred up a media frenzy and got Ryan's challenger some media attention (especially for his, um, interesting views on Muslims). In June, he produced a misleadingly titled video called "Exposing Paul Ryan's Drug Problem", which was about the flow of drugs crossing the US border and featured Nehlen trudging through the shallows of the Rio Grande carrying a plastic tub labeled "DRUGS". Ryan's huge financial advantage has allowed him to blanket the airwaves with ads, and he made the rounds on influential conservative talk radio stations as Trump threatened to steal the spotlight.
I'm not gonna roll over to the Democrats' side, but I will tell you this, I fully suspect when I win, Paul Ryan's machine will try to get the Democratic (presidential candidate) elected. But Trump eventually endorsed Ryan.
Still, a Nehlen victory would be nothing short of shocking; Ryan is immensely popular in his district.
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Ryan was expected to address supporters at an event Tuesday night in Janesville. EARLY VOTER TURNOUT LOW Wisconsin election officials aren't breaking a sweat so far this primary election. In May, he challenged Ryan to an arm-wrestling match.
Voters need to show a show photo ID before casting a ballot Tuesday.
She says it's a world of difference from April, when high interest in the presidential primary had turnout at 14 percent at about the same time of day, although that figure included absentees. But people can't vote in both parties' primaries. GOP Rep. Reid Ribble's retirement set off a scramble among Republicans to succeed him, and three are vying in the primary. Feingold is expected to win Tuesday and hopes to unseat Republican incumbent Ron Johnson this fall.
The 1st Congressional District stretches from Janesville to Racine.
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