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Apr 12, 12:16 AM EDT

Ryan retirement sends new ripples of uncertainty through GOP

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- House Speaker Paul Ryan's announcement that he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress has sent new ripples of uncertainty through a Washington already on edge and a Republican Party bracing for a rough election year.

The Wisconsin Republican on Wednesday cast the decision to end his 20-year career as a personal one. He says he doesn't want his children growing up with a "weekend dad."

It's unusual for a House speaker to turn himself into a lame duck, especially so for Ryan, a once-rising GOP star who is only 48 and was the party's vice presidential candidate in 2012.

His decision fueled fresh doubts about the party's ability to fend off a Democratic wave, fed by opposition to President Donald Trump, in November.

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