San­ders and Cruz On a Win­ning Streak

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Cheyenne (Wy­oming): Ahead of the cru­cial New York pri­mary, Demo­crat Bernie San­ders and Repub­li­can Ted Cruz notched up ma­jor vic­to­ries, trounc­ing fron­trun­ner­sHil­laryClin­to­nandDon­ald Trump in the race to the White House. While San­ders con­tin­ued his win­ning streak against Clin­ton in Wy­oming, Cruz swept all del­e­gates in Colorado against Trump.

The lat­est vic­tory of both San­ders andCruzis­seenasabig­morale­booster just days be­fore the all-im­por­tant New York pri­mary on April 19.

The 74-year-old Ver­mont se­na­tor reg­is­tered his stun­ning eighth win out of the last nine con­tests – in­clud­ing one that counted the votes of Democrats liv­ing abroad, but his lat­est vic­tory did noth­ing in the del­e­gate chase. “All right. News bul­letin.We­just­wonWy­oming,”San­ders said in New York as a rau­cous cheer went up when he got word of his win from his wife, Jane, mid­way through a rally in Queens.

He fin­ished 12 points ahead of Clin­ton with 56-44% of the vote in Wy­oming, the small­est state in the Demo­cratic nom­i­na­tion race. The state, which is over­whelm­ingly Repub­li­can, only awards 14 del­e­gates, mean­ingSan­der­s­bare­ly­put­sadentin Clin­ton’s more than 200-del­e­gate lead.

Satur­day’s pri­mary, that gives each can­di­date seven del­e­gates, help­sClin­ton­main­tain­her­lead­over San­ders.

The for­mer sec­re­tary of state has 1,287 del­e­gates based on pri­maries and cau­cuses to San­ders’ 1,037. When in­clud­ing su­perdel­e­gates, or party of­fi­cials who can back any can­di­date, Clin­ton has 1,756, or 74% of the num­ber needed to clinch the nom­i­na­tion. San­ders has 1,068.

Speak­ing later, San­ders said: “I think that it is very fair to say that we were way, way be­hind dur­ing the first half of this con­test, but we are hav­ing – to say the least – a very strong sec­ond half, and we are clos­ing very fast.”

Mean­while in the Repub­li­can camp, Cruz fin­ished Colorado’s del­e­gate figh­t­a­gain­stTrump­with­over­whelm­ing vic­tory, pick­ing all 13 of the fi­nal del­e­gates up for grabs to com­plete a clean sweep of the state as re­ward for a care­fully or­gan­ised cam­paign. “Thank you Colorado for another re­sound­ing vic­tory!” Cruz tweeted.

Cruz has now won all 34 del­e­gates up for grabs in the state and is now fewer than 200 del­e­gates be­hind Trump in the race to the 1,237 needed to­clinchtheRepub­li­can­nom­i­na­tion.

SAN­DERS IN THE SPOT­LIGHT

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