MADISON, Wis. (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan's longshot Republican primary challenger hopes to capitalize on a boost of publicity thanks to the surprise weekend endorsement of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin.
But Paul Nehlen still faces a steep climb to knock off the popular Ryan who has millions in the bank, won re-election with more than 60 percent of the vote and was courted by many of his Republican colleagues to run for president this year.
Nehlen spokeswoman Kirsten Lombard says talks are underway with Palin about ways she can help defeat the 18-year incumbent.
But that work won't include attending the Wisconsin Republican Party convention this weekend in Green Bay. Nehlen is skipping the event where Ryan is the keynote speaker.