MILWAUKEE -

U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan has defeated a similarly named rival in his southeastern Wisconsin district's Republican primary.

Ryan bested Jeremy Ryan, a 25-year-old Madison consultant best known for his participation in protests at the state Capitol.

The law does not require someone running for Congress to live in the district where they are a candidate.

The two Ryans are not related.

Paul Ryan ran for vice president in 2012 and is frequently mentioned as a possible presidential contender in 2016. A formidable fundraiser, he recently had his best quarter yet, raising $1.6 million in the three months that ended June 30.

Jeremy Ryan did not raise enough money to require him to file a campaign finance report.