Outgoing speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan supported two candidates who secured big wins on Tuesday, to leave a sign of his influence, as he prepares to Congress.
A politician declared a victory on Tuesday is more important primaries even though he is not on the ballot: The outgoing speaker of the house of representatives, Paul Ryan, whose endorsement helped two candidates for the win and underlined his influence in Wisconsin.
Inspired by Ryan’s endorsement, Bryan Steil, a former driver for Ryan from a prominent family in his hometown of Janesville, critical of the GOP primary won in the race to replace Ryan in the state’s 1st Congressional District. He received more than 50 percent of the vote, more than triple that of its nearest competitors in the standings.
And Leah Vukmir, who also had Ryan’s back up, triumphed in a bitter primary, to determine who is on the endangered Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in a race that could determine which party control of the Senate in November.
Polls had shown the race between Kevin Nicholson and Vukmir, who is also an ally of Gov. Scott Walker, had been neck-and-neck. Despite these early indicators, on Tuesday Vukmir drew 48 percent of the vote compared to 42 percent for Nicholson. You released high, two-digit numbers in Racine and Walworth Counties, areas, the Ryan represented in Congress.
Bryan Steil, Paul Ryan-backed candidate, won big on Tuesday, with more than 50 percent of the vote.
Vukmir, who had criticized President Trump in 2016, not the President its consent.
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But Ryan, who announced at the beginning of the year, he campaigned for re-election extensively for both Vukmir and Steep. Vukmir also had the endorsement of longtime Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.
“Spokesman Ryan has roots never strayed from his Wisconsin, and in last night’s results make it clear that his endorsement carries real weight among the voters who know him best,” Ryan spokesman Jeremy Adler told Fox News. “He will continue to be an active presence on the election to November, both in the badger state and across the country to tout our strong candidates and the GOP to sell a better message.”
Despite Ryan’s success in the primaries, Democrats remain optimistic about their chances of the southeastern Wisconsin district to pick up, Ryan has in the past 20 years.
Ryan, who proposed last month that Trump was the only “trolls”, by suggesting that he revoked may, ex-CIA Director John Brennan ‘ s security clearance — a move Trump actually came on Wednesday-the critics on both sides of the aisle. Some Democrats claim that he was too soft on trump, while others blame him for the GOP-led Congress, ” if comprehensive immigration reform or completely repeal ObamaCare.
But the democratic candidate to Ryan’s seat, Randy Bryce, has its own significant liabilities. A union of iron workers, known as “Iron Stache,” Bryce didn’t have to pay a long rap sheet and a history of alimony to his ex-wife.
He’s been arrested at least nine times, according to police records, including the 1998 on the fees for the operation of a vehicle under the influence of drugs. He pleaded guilty, but initially failed to appear in court; he ultimately received a suspended sentence.
In 1991, Bryce was booked on charges of possession of marijuana, trespassing and theft. In 2000, he was arrested and charged with driving with a suspended license; he was arrested on a similar charge in 2003.
In addition, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, in the last year, he was delinquent on his child support payments to his ex-wife for almost two years. Bryce paid off $1,257 in child support debt, only two months before he launched his campaign for Congress, according to the paper.
Gregg Re is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @gregg_re.