UPDATED: Wednesday, April 6 8:22 a.m. EST
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Republican rival Ted Cruz scored big wins over their party’s front-runners in Wisconsin’s early primary race Tuesday, injecting new energy into their campaigns and setting up a big battle for delegates in New York’s upcoming race on April 19.
Reuters reports that the win by Cruz, a senator from Texas, is a sign that “he is increasingly viewed as main alternative” to his party’s front-runner, Donald Trump, who has stumbled mightily on the campaign trail over the past several weeks.
On the Democratic side, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont easily defeated front-runner Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin, adding to Clinton’s frustration that she has not been able to put away her rival and march to the Democratic presidential nomination.
WATCH Roland Martin and the NewsOne Now panel discuss Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz’s big wins in the Wisconsin primaries and what their victories mean for the 2016 presidential race in the video clip below.
But despite winning six of the last seven states, Sanders still faces a difficult task to overtake Clinton as the presidential nominating race moves to New York on April 19 and to five other Eastern states on April 26. Still, his victory was another sign that a sizable group of Democrats are not sold on the viability of Clinton’s candidacy.
For Trump, the pressure is on to respond with some decisive victories in upcoming states to show he is still on the way to assembling the 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican presidential nomination.
SOURCE: Reuters | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz both lead their competitors in Tuesday’s presidential primary race in Wisconsin, but they may face significant obstacles in the battle for the nomination, according to The Associated Press.
From The AP:
While Sanders remains a force in the Democratic primary, a win over Hillary Clinton in Wisconsin would do little to significantly cut into her lead in delegates that will decide the party’s nomination. The stakes are higher for Cruz, who trails Donald Trump in the GOP race and sees Wisconsin as a crucial state in his effort to push the party toward a convention fight.
Complicating the primary landscape for both Cruz and Trump is the continuing candidacy of John Kasich. The Ohio governor’s only victory has come in his home state, but he’s still picking up delegates that would otherwise help Trump inch closer to the nomination or help Cruz catch up.
For Democrats, 86 delegates are up for grabs in Wisconsin, while there are 42 for Republicans. Candidates need 2,383 to win the Democratic presidential nomination, and Clinton leads with 1,243 over Sanders, who has 980.
Republican candidates need 1,237 delegates to win the nomination. Currently, Trump holds 737, Cruz has 475, and Kasich has 143, according to the Associated Press.
Both Cruz and Trump have called on Kasich to drop out of the race, saying he’s making it harder for them to win delegates. What do you think: should Kasich drop out, or stay in the race and possibly force a brokered convention in three months? Sound off in the comments.
SOURCE: The Washington Post | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty | VIDEO CREDIT: Inform