Cruz, San­ders Up­set Trump and Clin­ton

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Mil­wau­kee: US pres­i­den­tial fron­trun­ners Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton on Tues­day suf­fered a set­back as their party ri­val­sTedCruzandBernieSan­ders snatched vic­to­ries in the cru­cial Wis­con­sin pri­mary, set­ting the stage for an in­tense fight for the nom­i­na­tion to the White House. Cruz, 45, won the Wis­con­sin Repub­li­can pri­mary, boost­ing his ef­forts to blunt the 69-yearold real estate ty­coon and mov­ing the party closer to a his­toric con­tested con­ven­tion.

Cruz re­ceived 48% of the votes to 35% for Trump. John Ka­sich of Ohio was a dis­tant third with 14%. San­ders, 74, won the Demo­cratic pri­mary by re­ceiv­ing 56% votes, in­flict­ing a tough loss on Clin­ton, who got 43% of the votes. It is the Ver­mont sen­a­tor’s sixth straight win over Clin­ton in re­cent weeks.

For the 68-year-old for­mer sec­re­tary of state, who has a lead of nearly 500 del­e­gates, it is a still a com­par­a­tively easy path­way to nom­i­na­tion as com­pared to Trump, who has a lead of a lit­tle over 200 del­e­gates.

Cruz’s Wis­con­sin vic­tory will hand him at least 33 del­e­gates com­pared to three that will go to Trump. Trump con­tin­ues to dom­i­nate the del­e­gate race, with 740 pledged del­e­gates to 514 for Cruz and 143 for Ka­sich.

“Tonight is the turn­ing point,” a con­fi­dent Cruz said at his vic­tory rally as­sert­ing that it has turned the­tidea­gain­stTrump.“My­cam­paign is go­ing to earn the 1,237 del­e­gates needed, ei­ther be­fore Cleve­land or at the con­ven­tion in Cleve­land. To­gether we will beat Hil­lary Clin­ton on Novem­ber,” Cruz said. “Tonight was a bad night for Trump,” Cruz said. Af­ter Wis­con­sin pri­mary re­sults, it would be a bit dif­fi­cult for Trump to reach the mag­i­cal fig­ure of 1,237 del­e­gates. How­ever, Trump cam­paign ex­uded con­fi­dence that with the pri­mary sea­so­nen­ter­ingstates­likeNewYork favourable for him, he was on his way to get the 1,237 del­e­gates.

But Cruz hoped to get the nec­es­sary mo­men­tum for the rest part of the pri­mary sea­son.

Sim­i­larly, San­ders as­serted that with hav­ing five of the last six pri­maries, the mo­men­tum is on his side.

“With our vic­tory tonight in Wis­con­sin, we have now won seven out of eight of the last cau­cuses and pri­maries. We have won al­most all of them with over­whelm­ing, land­slide num­bers,” San­ders told his sup­port­ers.

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