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With Ryan Out, Things Looking Up for the 'Iron Stache' - Page 2

And more on what Ryan's retirement means
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 11, 2018 12:34 PM CDT

  • Politico's prediction on McCarthy vs. Scalise: "Though Scalise is almost certain to defer to McCarthy, all eyes will be on President Donald Trump. He has a close relationship with McCarthy, and his endorsement of the Californian could be crucial."
  • The GOP will be fine without Ryan, writes Perry Bacon Jr. at FiveThirtyEight. "When the party embraced Trump as its nominee, it essentially rejected Ryan-style politics and the figures that espoused it." McCarthy and Scalise "are better fits for the Trump GOP."
  • Who wants Ryan's seat? On the Democrat side, that would be Randy Bryce, aka the Iron Stache. CNBC reports Republicans have until June to decide who to run against the former iron worker and union member (who, yes, sports a trademark mustache), who on Tuesday announced he had outraised Ryan's campaign by $1.75 million during Q1. Still, the battle will be an "uphill" one, with CNBC noting Trump took the district by more than 10 percentage points. Axios has an interview with Bryce.

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