Paul Ryan's retirement was big news in Washington. It was huge news 700 miles away in southeast Wisconsin, the place he has represented in Congress for 20 years.

The Democratic candidates running to replace Ryan had a plan — run hard against Ryan and the whole of the Republican Congress. Democrats rallied around Randy Bryce, also known as "Iron Stache," a former iron worker who was a great foil for Ryan.

Now Ryan is out. And so some Democrats are rethinking Bryce and the race to come.

"They put our campaign on the red to blue list, which means that it's the first time that they're seen any other campaign have a chance to repeal and replace somebody like Paul Ryan," Bryce told VICE News.

Read: Democrats bet big on the "Iron Stache." They may have made a mistake

This segment originally aired April 26, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.