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 RyanCorey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report GOP super PAC hits Randy Bryce with ad starring his brother Super PACs spend big in high-stakes midterms 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 TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' MORE defeated Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency 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 AmodeiRevitalize our defense industrial base with mine permitting reform To reduce China's leverage, rebuild America's minerals supply chain GOP staves off immigration revolt — for now 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.