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Who needs a Trump endorsement when your constituents love you? Not Speaker Ryan.

An independent poll released Friday shows Ryan’s with a substantial lead over would-be challenger, Paul Nehlen.

From The Hill:

A Remington Research Group poll released Friday shows 80 percent of voters support Ryan in his Wisconsin primary, compared to a mere 14 percent backing challenger Paul Nehlen, a conservative Trump supporter.
Trump declined this week to endorse Ryan and earlier praised Nehlen for supporting him for president.

Nehlen had said that Ryan misunderstands Trump’s immigration proposals, which would temporarily ban those from certain countries with terrorist activity from coming into the United States.

“The problem with Paul Ryan is his constant knee-jerk reactions to anything controversial Donald Trump might say without completely understanding the issue,” Nehlen’s campaign wrote on Monday. “He’s LOOKING for a way to contradict and criticize Mr. Trump because he knows the liberal press will eat it up.”

Trump responded Monday night, tweeting, “Thanks to @pnehlen for your kind words, very much appreciated.”

Nehlen’s unfavorables are brutal. Only 16% view him favorably while 47% of respondents aren’t so keen. Worse for Nehlen than the staggering 66 point deficit is the small percentage of undecided voters — only 6%.

As for Nehlen? He’s pitched himself as a Tea Party outsider a la 2012, said Ryan “betrayed” him, and seems like a colorful fellow based on some of his ads:

A few months back, a small sample survey had Ryan up by seventy-three points.

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