House Speaker Paul Ryan not running for reelection

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WASHINGTON (AP) — An AP source says  Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election.

Two people with knowledge of the Wisconsin lawmaker’s thinking said Ryan has decided against seeking another term. Both sought anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

On Monday it was reported that Ryan had raised more than $11 million in the first three quarters of the year.

The Republican from Janesville said he transferred more than $40 million of the $54 million he’s raised this election cycle to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

Ryan is being challenged by Republican Paul Nehlen and Democrats Randy Bryce and Cathy Myers. Bryce reported last week that he had raised $2.1 million between January and March.

Ohio Rep. Mike Turner released a statement on Ryan’s announcement:

“I would like to thank Speaker Ryan for his outstanding leadership. He has worked throughout his career to make life better for hard working Americans. This year, the Speaker was able to accomplish tax reform, which hadn’t been done in 31 years. He gave our men and women in uniform the financial security they need by passing a 2 year budget deal. He has led the House exceptionally, and I thank him for his public service that has undoubtedly bettered our country.”

Ryan has held the 1st Congressional District seat in southeast Wisconsin since 1999.

The primary is Aug. 14.

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