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Paul Ryan wins re-election to seventh term

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Janesville has won re-election to a seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Ryan's victory puts him in position to become chairman of the House Budget Committee if Republicans win a majority in Tuesday's election.

Ryan has become a rising star in the Republican Party and a leading voice on economic policy. He has been pushing his "Roadmap for America's Future" plan, which would overhaul entitlement programs and cut spending.

Ryan defeated Democrat John Heckenlively and Libertarian Joseph Kexel on Tuesday. With 6 percent of precincts reporting in the 1st Congressional District, Ryan had 75 percent of the vote.

The 40-year-old Ryan has been mentioned as a potential vice presidential pick for 2012.

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