Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders Projected To Win Wisconsin Primary

Ted Cruz, Bernie Sanders Projected To Win Wisconsin Primary
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Texas Senator Ted Cruz and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are projected to clinch victories in their respective parties’ primaries in Wisconsin on Tuesday.


According to polls, Cruz will surge past Republican front runner Donald Trump and Sanders is likelier to defeat former secretary of state Hillary Clinton. CNBC reports that 42 delegates for Republicans and 86 for Democrats are at stake in the Wisconsin primary.

Cruz, who bagged the Wisconsin primary and bolstered his campaign with the win, said he is “more and more convinced that our campaign is going to earn the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination.”

“Either before Cleveland, or at the (GOP national) convention in Cleveland, together we will win a majority of the delegates, and together we will beat Hillary Clinton in November,” he said in his victory speech on Tuesday.

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As the April 19 primary in Trump’s home state of New York draws near, the business mogul’s chances of winning it look bright.

After Cruz’s victory, earning all of the 42 delegates in the Wisconsin’s primary, Trump is required to win 57 percent of the remaining delegates to receive the Republican nomination; until now, he has 48 percent of the delegates. Moreover, Trump is being seen as the only candidate who can clinch a nomination before the party convention.

But, lately, Trump’s candidacy has not seen the best of times. He was involved in a tiff with Cruz’s wife, an issue that concerned his campaign manager’s altercation with a female reporter, and made unsavory comments about abortion (for which, though, he did provide a clarification later).

Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, a loss for Clinton in the New York primary could serve as a major setback, since she represented the state for years in the Senate, ABC News reports. At present, Clinton has 1,243 delegates in comparison to Sanders who has earned 980, based on primaries and caucuses.

Taking superdelegates into account, Clinton’s lead widens – with 1,712 to her name to Sanders’ 1,011. A Democratic candidate requires 2,383 delegates to clinch the nomination. While Sanders has only managed 37 percent, he would have to win 67 percent of the remaining delegates and superdelegates in order to level himself with Clinton.

The Democratic debate in Brooklyn will be held on April 14. According to a CBS News/YouGov poll, Clinton leads in New York with 53 percent to Sanders’ 43 percent. On the other hand, Republican front runner Trump is leading, with 52 percent, ahead of his rivals Cruz (21 percent) and John Kasich (20 percent).

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