GOP holds Paul Ryan’s seat

GOP holds Paul Ryan’s seat
© Matt Litman

The GOP looks set to hold retiring Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: GOP in a panic over Mueller House Republicans dismissive of Paul Ryan's take on Trump Amash's critics miss the fact that partisanship is the enemy of compromise MORE’s seat in Wisconsin, as Republican Brian Steil is projected to win a closely watched race against Democrat Randy Bryce, an ironworker nicknamed “Ironstache.”

Democrats had seized on the potential pick-up opportunity in the wake of Ryan’s retirement, launching a multi-million dollar effort to flip the seat and garnering national attention in the process.

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But Steil’s opponent, Bryce, was unable to overcome GOP-led attacks on his long arrest record and liberal policy positions. The district, which encompasses rural farmland and some of the Milwaukee suburbs, went for Ryan by 35 points and President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet LA Times editorial board labels Trump 'Bigot-in-Chief' Trump complains of 'fake polls' after surveys show him trailing multiple Democratic candidates MORE by 10 points in 2016.

Steil also benefited from the support - and campaign war chests - of party heavyweights including Ryan, his former boss.

Steil, 37, got his start in politics working as a legislative aide for Ryan from 2003 to 2004. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin law school, the Janesville-native became an attorney for several manufacturing companies.