As Republicans in Wisconsin try to keep House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional seat, they’re turning to a candidate who’s a bit like a younger version of Ryan.

Bryan Steil (sty’-el) faces Democrat Randy Bryce for the southern Wisconsin seat the retiring Ryan has held for 20 years.

Steil and Ryan both come from prominent families in the blue-collar city of Janesville. Steil interned for Ryan more than a decade ago, and they still attend the same Catholic church.

FILE – In this July 8, 2018, file photo, Randy Bryce, a Wisconsin Democratic candidate for the U.S. House, answers a question during a debate in Lake Geneva, Wis. Bryan Steil, House Speaker Paul Ryan’s protege, is looking to keep Ryan’s Wisconsin district in Republican hands. Steil and Bryce will square off Nov. 6 2018, for the right to represent Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District. Ryan has held the seat for 20 years but announced in April that he would not seek re-election. (Angela Major /The Janesville Gazette via AP)

Bryce is an ironworker and union supporter who’s cultivated an “Iron Stache” persona for his candidacy. He calls Steil a Ryan “clone.”

But Steil rejects that, saying “everybody brings their own background to the table.”

Even with Ryan out of play, Democrats relish the idea of capturing the seat.

Source: The Associated Press

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