Sanders backer prepares to challenge Paul Ryan in 2018
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A former campaign surrogate for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy Sanders doubles down on 'Medicare For All' defense: 'We have not changed one word' Sanders, Warren back major shift to fight drug overdoses MORE (I-Vt.) is preparing to mount a bid to challenge House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Soaring deficits could put Trump in a corner if there's a recession Paul Ryan moving family to Washington 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 ClintonTrump preps conspiracy theory to explain faltering economy The ideological divide on vaping has a clear winner: Smokers Biden struggles to hit it off with millennials 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 GillibrandDemocratic candidates face hard choices as 2020 field winnows The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch Gabbard, Steyer inch toward making third Democratic debate 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.