House Speaker Paul Ryan handily defeated his primary challenger Tuesday in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.
After polls closed at 8 p.m. local time, Ryan was quickly declared the winner by one of the most prominent election returns website, Decision Desk HQ.
Shocking nobody, we project Paul Ryan will win his primary handily. Results are being uploaded now. #WI01
— Decision Desk HQ (@DecisionDeskHQ) August 10, 2016
Ryan faced off against Paul Nehlen, a businessman who attempted to run on the issues of trade reforms and curbing illegal immigration, the same platforms as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
But Nehlen never caught any traction. Repeatedly, polls showed Nehlen losing by substantial margins. Nehlen received endorsements from the likes of Sarah Palin, Michelle Malkin and Ann Coulter.
Ryan dismissed Nehlen as a carpetbagger, telling WTAQ’s Jerry Bader that his opposition was an “out-of-state insurgent campaign powered by these ‘scam PACs’ with a lot of out-of-state people,” adding:
“People in Wisconsin don’t like these out-of-state campaigns coming in.”
Ryan, who was endorsed by Trump last week after some initial discord, was backed by sound campaign financials and regular visits to the district, assuring he will have the chance to vie for another term.
In July, Congressional Leadership Fund president Mike Shields told Independent Journal Review that Wisconsin’s 1st “is a Paul Ryan district and he will continue to be very safe here.”
That was certainly the case on Tuesday.