Democratic Challenger To Paul Ryan Raised $1.2M By Year-End 2017

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Randy Bryce, a union ironworker, raised $1.2 million last year toward his effort to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The ironworker and military veteran looking to unseat House Speaker Paul Ryan in the 2018 midterms was able to raise $1.2 million by the end of last year, according to his campaign.

Democrat Randy Bryce spoke with MSNBC's Katy Tur on the subject Monday.

"People are seeing this wave. This resistance is very real," Bryce said. "People have had enough with where the president is taking us, and we're tired of not having a Congress that's acting as a check and balance to stand up to him."

Tur noted the extent of contributions coming from New York and California, asking Bryce if his campaign was reaching voters in his own state:

"Well, we're getting the message out in the First Congressional District for sure," Bryce said. "We are reaching outside to New York and California, that's where a lot of money comes in from. But it's to help us get rid of somebody like Speaker Ryan, who is the number three Republican. And this country, it's going to the wrong place."