Race for 1st Congressional District: Paul Ryan defeats Ryan Solen, the clear underdog

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RACINE -- Paul Ryan's challenger on election day Tuesday, November 8th was political newcomer Ryan Solen from Mount Pleasant. Solen, a Democrat, was the clear underdog in the race for 1st Congressional District -- and he ultimately lost to Ryan.

Solen's primary win in April was strong. He pulled in nearly 60 percent of the vote. However, that pales in comparison to Paul Ryan's Republican primary. Ryan racked up 85 percent of his party's vote.

Solen supporters said they believed Tuesday's head-to-head matchup would be much closer than Paul Ryan's primary challenger.

As of 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, Ryan had 97,231 votes, to Solen's 35,179 with 52% of precincts reporting.

Paul Ryan delivered his victory speech in Janesville around 8:45 p.m.

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Ryan Solen

Ryan Solen