Sanders and Cruz On a Winning Streak
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.
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