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September 10, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Republican VP nominee Paul Ryan headlines Eastside fundraisers

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan arrived at Boeing Field Monday afternoon on a fund-raising visit to Seattle.

Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan is headlining at a pair of fundraisers on the Eastside Monday that officials said could be the last Washington state events attended by the GOP ticket.

Ryan, a congressman from Wisconsin, was scheduled to attend a $1,000-a-head event and a more exclusive $25,000 gathering.

He arrived at the Hunts Point home of the McCaw family at about 4 p.m. after landing at Boeing Field, but it was unclear which event he was attending first.

No public events were planned, and Ryan wasn’t expected to meet with reporters.

Among the prominent Republicans seen entering the McCaw home were attorney general hopeful Reagan Dunn and former gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidate Dino Rossi.

Also present were two dozen members of Working Washington and other liberal groups, who were protesting Ryan’s ideas for cutting social services.

They held a massive banner saying “Ryan & McKenna, don’t cut working families.”

Earlier in the day, 1st Congressional District candidate Suzan DelBene and other Democrats held a media call to make similar points.

Recent polls show that Ryan and presidential nominee Mitt Romney have fallen behind President Barack Obama after last week’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.

A KING-TV poll released Monday showed Romney trailing Obama 54 percent to 36 percent in Washington state.

The Romney campaign declined to estimate how much the local events might raise.

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