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Paul Ryan to remain on 1st District U.S. House ballot during VP run

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI)

JANESVILLE, WI (WTAQ) - Paul Ryan will be on the ballot in November for both vice president and the First District U.S. House seat he’s held for the last 13-and-a-half years.

According to the Racine Journal Times, state law allows him to run for both. And the House Budget Chairman from Janesville confirmed on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night that he’ll take full advantage.

The Republican Ryan will keep running for his House seat against small business owner Rob Zerban, a Democrat from Kenosha, while he campaigns nationally as Mitt Romney’s running mate.

If Ryan wins the vice presidency in November, his possible election to Congress would become void – and a special election would then be held to fill that post. Zerban said, “Now that Paul Ryan’s personal ambition has clearly trumped his interest in the First District, I have no doubt he’ll find himself out of a job come November.”

But Ryan spokesman Kevin Seifert said the polls don’t show that. He cited an internal poll which gave Ryan 63 percent support in his House district in late July, to 29 percent for Zerban.