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Speaker Paul Ryan fundraising for Rep. Dold Thursday in Winnetka

House Speaker Paul Ryan | AP file photo

WASHINGTON – House Speaker Paul Ryan is headlining a Winnetka fundraiser on Thursday to benefit Rep. Bob Dold, R-Ill., who is locked in a rematch with former Rep. Brad Schneider in the North Shore 10th District.

The funder is at the home of major GOP donor Muneer Satter and his wife, Kristen Hertel. The other co-hosts are Ron Gidwitz, who is quarterbacking the Trump/RNC fundraising drive in Illinois and his wife, Christina.

The price range starts at $375 per person, according to the invitation. A couple donating $1,500 get a photo op with Ryan as well as the reception.

The proceeds go to the Dold Victory Committee, which comprises the Dold for Congress campaign fund; the Illinois Republican State Party; the National Republican Congressional Committee; the GOP House political shop; and the Eagle PAC, Dold’s political action committee he created in 2015.

Dold early on said he would not support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump months before Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, said — however reluctantly — that he would.

The Dold/Schneider races have been close; here is a recap:

  • In 2014, Dold won with 51.3 percent of the vote to Schneider’s 48.8. Turnout: 187,128, the lowest of the past three House elections in the 10th.
  • In 2012, Schneider won with 50.6 percent of the vote to Dold’s 49.4 percent. Turnout in the presidential year, 264,454.
  • In 2010, Dold won with 51.1 percent of the vote to 48.9 for Democrat Dan Seals. Turnout: 215,232.