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House Speaker Paul Ryan tells confidants he won't run for re-election: Reports


House Speaker Paul Ryan will not run for re-election this fall, according to NBC News and other outlets.

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The Wisconsin Republican is expected to announce his decision soon. The GOP faces a tough fight to hold on to a House majority in November amid Democratic enthusiasm and opposition to some policies pushed by President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.

Ryan, who has served in the House since 1999, likely would win a re-election bid. But he would have faced a better funded opponent than he is used to in Democrat Randy Bryce, whom the House Democrats’ campaign arm is supporting.

Axios first reported Ryan’s decision.

Ryan achieved his long-held goal of overhauling the U.S. tax code in December. Once he did so, he felt comfortable leaving a job that had become taxing due to Trump’s behavior, according to the Axios report.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., are among the leaders who could try to replace Ryan. Both have quietly started to make moves for the job, according to Politico. Scalise will not run for the post if McCarthy does, according to Axios.

A spokeswoman for Ryan did not immediately respond to a request to comment on the report.

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