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Ryan has not suggested he is interested in a higher office. “I look forward to spending some time with my family in the coming days and then continuing my responsibilities” in the US House, he said in a statement.
There is no US Senate seat available in Wisconsin until 2016 – and that is held by Republican Sen. Ron Johnson. Likewise, first-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is virtually assured of being his party’s nominee for governor that same year.
His congressional reelection Tuesday also pointed to potential chinks in his armor. He lost Rock County, his home county, 52 to 46 percent – though the county trends Democratic. It has not voted for a Republican presidential candidate since it voted for Ronald Reagan in 1984. It voted for President Obama (and Vice President Joe Biden) Tuesday.