- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Latest on the primary election in Wisconsin (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he’s not surprised by his large primary win and it doesn’t mean that Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is doomed in November.

Ryan easily beat challenger Paul Nehlen (KNEEL-uhn) on Tuesday. During the campaign, Ryan mostly ignored the upstart Nehlen, who was largely an afterthought until recently, when Trump praised him.

Ryan says the victory isn’t a reflection on how Trump will fare in Wisconsin, but rather that “right here in Wisconsin people know me very, very well.”

Ryan says “We knew we were going to do well. We got the votes we were hoping and expecting to get all along. The outcome is exactly what we were hoping for.”

He calls Nehlen a “desperate candidate” who did desperate things for attention.


9:20 p.m.

Former Marine Mike Gallagher has won a three-way Republican primary for an open congressional seat in northeast Wisconsin.

Gallagher will face Democrat Tom Nelson in the Nov. 8 general election. Nelson ran unopposed in Tuesday’s primary.

Gallagher beat state Sen. Frank Lasee and Terry McNulty, the Forestville village president. Gallagher served as national security adviser for Gov. Scott Walker’s presidential campaign.

Nelson is the Outagamie County executive and a former state representative.

The winner in November will replace Republican U.S. Rep. Reid Ribble, who is retiring rather than seek a third term.


8:45 p.m.

Two of Wisconsin’s biggest political names, Paul Ryan and Russ Feingold, had an early and easy primary night.

Ryan easily handled upstart Paul Nehlen in a primary that drew more attention after Nehlen got a Twitter embrace from Donald Trump. But Trump eventually endorsed Ryan.

Feingold trounced Scott Harbach and officially moves on to the race he’s already been running for months - a rematch against GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, who knocked him out of office in 2010.


6:50 p.m.

Don’t call it a victory party for House Speaker Paul Ryan.

Unlike most candidates, Ryan was not gathering supporters together to revel with drinks, balloons and a band on Tuesday night.

Instead, a simple podium with a “Ryan for Congress” campaign sign was set up in front of three rows of chairs for reporters at meeting hall in his hometown of Janesville. Ryan planned to speak after a winner is declared in his congressional race against longshot Republican challenger Paul Nehlen.

Ryan has tried to downplay the challenge from Nehlen. The day before the election, Ryan toured local businesses and never mentioned the race or the fact that he has a primary challenge.

Nehlen got a burst of publicity after Donald Trump praised him last week. But days later, Trump endorsed Ryan.


5:30 p.m.

Some voters in House Speaker Paul Ryan’s district say they’re ready to send him back to Washington once again.

Ryan rarely even has a primary opponent, but his race Tuesday drew national interest when little-known challenger Paul Nehlen (NEEL’-uhn) got a shout-out from Donald Trump.

Bob and Maureen Becker both said they voted for Ryan. They don’t know him personally, but say they’re familiar with him after 40 years and that he went to high school with their daughters. Bob Becker called it “a no-brainer.” He says he doesn’t agree with Nehlen’s positions and he’s only been in the state a short time.

Joanne Simenson was backing Nehlen because she says Ryan is a big spender, just like everyone else in Congress. She says she knows Ryan will win but she wanted to send a message.


2:20 p.m.

Wisconsin election officials aren’t breaking a sweat so far this primary election.

They expected turnout to be about 16 percent.

But in Green Bay, city clerk Kris Teske (TESS’-kee) says turnout was about 3 percent by 10 a.m. Tuesday, which she said was pretty slow.

She says it’s a world of difference from April, when high interest in the presidential primary had turnout at 14 percent at about the same time of day, although that figure included absentees.

Green Bay is ground zero for one of Tuesday’s more closely watched races. GOP Rep. Reid Ribble’s retirement set off a scramble among Republicans to succeed him, and three are vying in the primary.

Teske says the slow pace gives election officials a chance to make sure poll workers can master their duties with a bit less stress.


11:55 a.m.

State elections officials say there have been complaints about improper electioneering by supporters of Paul Nehlen, who’s running against House Speaker Paul Ryan in Wisconsin’s 1st Congressional District.

Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney says complaints have come from Janesville and Mount Pleasant about Nehlen supporters who are placing political signs too close to polling locations. Under state law, the signs are not allowed within 100 feet of a poll entrance.

Janesville elections clerk David Godek says the signs were improperly placed by Nehlen supporters at six of the city’s 10 polling locations but that the issue has been resolved.

Nehlen spokesman Noel Fritsch responded to the complaints by saying, in part, Ryan’s “dwindling network of supporters is carrying out the Speaker’s orders to prevent Mr. Nehlen and his supporters from carrying their message” to voters.


7 a.m.

Polls are open in Wisconsin where voters are making decisions in a primary election.

Voters need to show a show photo ID before casting a ballot Tuesday. Two federal judges have ruled people who can’t get IDs can vote by affidavit or with a special receipt from the state Department of Transportation, but those decisions won’t take effect until November.

The primary is open, which means people don’t have to be registered members of a party to vote in that party’s primary. But people can’t vote in both parties’ primaries. The polls close at 8 p.m.

Polling place locations can be found online.


12:30 a.m.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to fend off a challenge from a previously unknown Republican challenger who won praise from Donald Trump.

Thanks largely to Trump, an expected walkover for the country’s highest-ranking Republican officeholder became one to watch on Tuesday. Ryan is seeking to avoid the most shocking of upsets against a political unknown hoping for a Trump bump.

Paul Nehlen’s star rose after Trump praised him last week on Twitter, then later pointedly withheld his endorsement of Ryan. Trump relented just three days later, but the burst of publicity was priceless for Nehlen.

No House speaker in modern political history has lost a primary, and Ryan is hugely popular in the southeastern Wisconsin district he has represented for nearly two decades.

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