Paul Ryan Airing New Ads for ... House Campaign

He's likely to beat the Democratic underdog running against him in WI
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2012 11:11 AM CDT

(Newser) – Looks like Paul Ryan wants some insurance. The vice presidential nominee is putting out some new ads in his home state of Wisconsin, but they won't be touting his campaign with Mitt Romney. Instead, they'll be for his bid to keep his House seat, reports the Washington Post. A Wisconsin law allows him to run both campaigns simultaneously. He's considered a strong favorite in the House race, though if he and Romney take the White House, he'd have to be replaced via special election.

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His new ads will be run in Milwaukee and Madison, two of the biggest media markets in the state, and he'll be spending a grand total of $2 million. Of course, it's possible the ads could help Ryan in the race for the White House too, which could be important given that Wisconsin is a swing state. He's not the first VP candidate to run for a congressional seat, either. Joe Biden, for instance, remained on the ballot in Delaware in 2008. (Read more Paul Ryan stories.)

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