Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders were victorious on Tuesday in Wisconsin’s primary nominating contest for the U.S. presidential race.
Cruz won decisively over Donald Trump who had predicted earlier that he would have a surprise win in Wisconsin even though most polls showed Cruz was likely to win.
Cruz described his win on Tuesday as a “turning point” in his campaign for the Republican nomination and said during his victory speech that “we are winning because we are uniting the Republican Party.”
Cruz’s win on Tuesday marks a turning point for the entire Republican nomination contest because his win in Wisconsin takes away much needed delegates that Trump had to win to mathematically have a better statistical chance of reaching the 1,237 delegate threshold that is needed to secure the Republican nomination before the Republican convention in Cleveland.
With 98 percent reporting, Cruz captured 33 delegates to 3 delegates for Trump, according to the latest Wisconsin results published by the Associated Press.
Overall, Trump still has an advantage over Cruz in terms of the delegate count.
Trump has 740 delegates to 514 for Cruz and 143 for John Kasich.
The next primary contest is April 19th in New York where 95 delegates are up for grabs followed by 5 other primary contests in northeastern states on April 26th that have a combined 118 delegates.
Bernie Sanders was victorious in Wisconsin over Hilary Clinton, building on the momentum that he captured in several western states over the past few weeks but his victory on Tuesday was less decisive than Cruz’s win over Trump.
According to latest updates from the Associated Press, with 99 percent reporting, Sanders gained 45 delegates to 31 for Clinton in Wisconsin.
Overall Clinton still has a large lead over Sanders in terms of delegates.
Clinton has 1,274 pledged delegates to 1,025 for Sanders.
Clinton’s lead grows by a wider margin adding Super delegates into the equation.
With Super delegates, Clinton has 1,743 delegates to 1, 056 for Sanders.
Super delegates in the Democratic Party still have until the convention during the summer to make their final vote but so far the vast majority are siding with Clinton (469- 31).
There are 2,383 total delegates needed for a candidate to secure the Democratic nomination before the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia.
The next primary contest for Democrats occur on April 9th in Wyoming which has 14 delegates followed by New York on April 19th with 247 delegates.
A week later on April 26th 5 U.S. states in the northeast will hold their primary nominating contests, representing 384 delegates led by Pennsylvania which has 189 delegates.
Stay tuned for further updates.
I have included a You Tube video below with my own analysis and commentary about the latest U.S. primary results.