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Ryan re-elected to House seat

Published On: Nov 06 2012 10:26:40 PM CST
Paul Ryan campaigns in Iowa

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JANESVILLE, Wis. -

Republican Rep. Paul Ryan has won re-election in Wisconsin, meaning he'll have a job to fall back on since presidential candidate Mitt Romney won't win the White House.

The Janesville resident and vice presidential candidate won his U.S. House race Tuesday, defeating Democrat Rob Zerban and Libertarian Keith Deschler. Ryan has represented southeast Wisconsin's 1st District since 1998.

If Romney had won, Ryan would have resigned from Congress and a special election would have been called to fill his seat.

Ryan is chairman of the powerful House Budget Committee and was seen as a rising GOP star even before Romney tapped him as his running mate. He won his previous elections by large margins.

Zerban is a former Kenosha County board member and small-business owner.

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