NEWS BRIEF It’s been a bumpy ride for U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan coming into Wisconsin’s primary election on Tuesday.
Ryan’s reelection race picked up attention earlier this month when Donald Trump refused to endorse Ryan, saying he wasn’t “quite there yet.” His decision to withhold his support for the House speaker ahead of his upcoming primary shocked the GOP. Mike Pence split from his running mate and backed Ryan. The Republican National Committee chair Reince Priebus, a long-time friend of Ryan’s, also jumped to his side. Days later, Trump, too, endorsed Ryan. “We will have disagreements, but we will disagree as friends and never stop working together toward victory. And very importantly, toward real change,” he said.
Ryan is running against the businessman Paul Nehlen in Wisconsin’s first congressional district on Tuesday. Nehlen had gained little national attention until a recent Twitter exchange with Trump. He used Trump’s hesitation to endorse Ryan as fodder to attack Ryan. Last week, he denounced the House speaker for betraying the GOP nominee: “Paul Ryan has shown more passion in attacking Trump than he has ever shown in defending Americans.” Ryan, though, has seemingly remained confident. “I feel very good where I am,” he said in a radio interview last Thursday.