Ryan challenger raised more than $2M last quarter

Ryan challenger raised more than $2M last quarter
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The top Democrat challenging Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanWho should be the Democratic vice presidential candidate? The Pelosi administration It's not populism that's killing America's democracy MORE (R-Wis.) raised $2.1 million during the first quarter of 2018, his campaign announced on Monday.

Randy Bryce’s campaign said it has raised $4.75 million since last June and has nearly $2.3 million in cash on hand.

The campaign also said it added 45,000 new donors since the beginning of the year.

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Bryce’s bid to unseat Ryan in Wisconsin's 1st District began last June with a fundraising campaign that netted more than $100,000 in its first 24 hours.

The ironworker raised $1 million in the third quarter of 2017 and had raised approximately $2.7 million by the end of 2017, according to the Federal Election Commission.  

In March, Bryce began fundraising off of a deleted controversial tweet in which Ryan highlighted a Pennsylvania woman’s $1.50-per-week paycheck increase as a result of the GOP's tax-reform law.

Bryce is facing a difficult battle against Ryan, who has held Wisconsin’s 1st District for nearly 20 years. 

In January, Ryan’s team announced that the he had raised $44 million in 2017, a record amount for a year without a major election. He transferred $32 million to the National Republican Congressional Committee.

The Speaker, who was also the GOP's 2012 vice presidential nominee, is one of the most well-connected and influential Republicans in the country.

Ryan won the district with 65 percent of the vote in 2016 and President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal Trump says he'll look into small business loan program restricting casinos MORE defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe two infectious diseases spreading across America Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE by 10 points in the presidential race.

Ryan's office last week denied reports that he planned to resign after Rep. Mark AmodeiMark Eugene AmodeiMnuchin details IRS challenges with cash-only marijuana businesses On The Trail: Democrats plan to hammer Trump on Social Security, Medicare Billboards calling on House Republicans to 'do their job' follow members home for Thanksgiving MORE (R-Nev.) told a local news station that there was a “rumor” Ryan would step down soon. 

The last Speaker to be voted out by constituents was Rep. Tom Foley (D-Wash.), who lost his reelection bid in 1994.

Bryce is also facing a primary challenger, local school board representative Cathy Myers, but is considered the favorite to win the Democratic nomination.

--This report was updated at 12:10 p.m.