Sanders backer prepares to challenge Paul Ryan in 2018
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A former campaign surrogate for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally Cardi B posts message of support for Ilhan Omar #IStandWithIlhan trends after crowd at Trump rally chants 'send her back' MORE (I-Vt.) is preparing to mount a bid to challenge House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOcasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud Juan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump MORE (R-Wis.) for his southeast Wisconsin House seat, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

Local labor activist Randy Bryce is looking to tie Ryan, who has been in Congress since 1998, with an unpopular President Trump in hopes of riding what Democrats say could be a wave of victories for their party in the 2018 midterm elections.

"They’re handcuffed together,” Bryce told The Wall Street Journal. "People are having buyer’s remorse and they’re seeing what’s going on. Trump made a lot of promises that I can see why working people would support, but now they’re waking up."

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For a Democrat to oust Ryan would certainly be a challenging task, however.

The Wisconsin Republican has only once received less than 60 percent of the vote in his district, and his post as the third-highest-ranking Republican in the country is attractive to constituents.

Trump also won Ryan's district handily in 2016, taking it by 10 percentage points over Democratic nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' MORE.

Ryan is sure to have a ton of money at his disposal, and while Democrats have raised dollars and been competitive in two special election contests this year in districts won by Trump, they have yet to get a victory.

Their next chance will be on June 20 in Georgia, where Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price's district is in play. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Bryce has recruited the help of Bill Hyers, who managed successful campaigns for Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth Gillibrand2020 Democrats react to 'send her back' chants at Trump rally First responder calls senators blocking 9/11 victim funding 'a--holes' Democrats warm to idea of studying reparations MORE (D-N.Y.) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D).

A survey conducted last month by the Democratic polling firm Public Policy Polling found that only 46 percent of voters in Ryan's district say they would cast their ballot to reelect Ryan.  

In his first four months in office, Trump's job approval ratings have consistently hovered between 35 and 45 percent, and the president has suffered a continuous onslaught of controversies, particularly surrounding federal investigations into possible collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Ryan has firmly aligned himself with Trump's agenda and helped the president win a victory in the House on legislation repealing and replacing ObamaCare.