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U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Janesville announced Wednesday that he will retire and not seek re-election in the fall. File

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan R-Janesville announced Wednesday that he will retire and not seek re-election in the fall. File

David Wasserman, a leading analyst of House races at the Cook Political Report, calls Ryan's announcement "a deep blow to his party's morale" and says the odds of a Democratic victory in November have risen to 75 percent.

Few Republicans talk any more of retaining control of the House as a certainty.

"It's still a Republican-leaning district". "Bad idea", said Republican Representative Charlie Dent. You wanted to expand the base. Some conservatives are rallying behind Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a longshot who could inject new uncertainty to the outcome, splinter the vote so no single leader wins a majority.

Ryan kept it classy, responding that diversity remains a priority for the party.

Replacing him as the face of Medicare reform will be hard, he said. I guess they can relate to Mr. Ryan's dilemma. He pointed to a March poll by the Marquette University Law School that showed Ryan's favorability was 55-36 for the region that includes his congressional district.

In a daring speech on the Senate floor last October, Republican Senator Jeff Flake warned that the coarseness of the Trump era was becoming the "new normal" - a flash of "destructive politics" that could set the conservative cause back a generation. The profile boost, which comes with fundraising and organizational help, was an early sign of the party's optimism about toppling Ryan and the GOP majority. Paul Ryan proved that in America if you're born rich you can still achieve your dreams of one day giving yourself a massive tax break if you hang around Washington DC long enough. He flies home every weekend to his family in Janesville, Wisconsin, where he is married with three children and goes to church on Sundays. "If you look at positions that Republicans as a whole have taken in the Trump era, positions they held as recently as two years ago no longer hold the same popularity". Democrats need a net gain of 23 seats to recapture a majority.

The many in Washington who personally like Ryan often wonder how he could so readily cozy up to Trump and empower House members - notably Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes - who have turned themselves into propagandists for Trump's desperate quest to escape accountability. "He likes to fish and hunt and spend time with the kids and that's just the way it ought to be", said Fitzgerald. He said his reasoning is entirely personal.

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But some of the best-known names are steering clear.

All of that smooths the path for Democrats to recapture the House in November and hand Nancy Pelosi the speaker's gavel once again.

Vos's longtime friend and college roommate, Rance Priebus, the former White House chief of staff, has also opted not to run.

State Reps. Tyler August and Samantha Kerkman are said to be mulling over a run, as is state Sen. The only declared Republican was Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for a series of posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic. He had almost $2.3 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter.

Bryce, a cancer survivor, said he's been open about the fact that he has sometimes struggled financially.

Most people will understand that, we think.

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