Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders shook things up in the race for the US presidential nomination ahead of what is predicted to be a tough fight in the eastern states.
Both came away from Wisconsin with big victories. Cruz appeared, for the first time, to pose a threat to frontrunner Donald Trump.
“As a result of the people of Wisconsin defying the media, defying the pundits, I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to earn the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination,” he told supporters.
Despite a double-digit win over Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders still has a long way to go to overtake his Democratic Party rival in the Democratic Party. But he appeared confident, nonetheless:
“We have now won seven out of eight of the last caucuses and primaries… And we have won almost all of them with overwhelming landslide numbers,” he declared.
For the Democrats, votes are awarded proportionally, so the Wisconsin win won’t give Sanders a significant advantage. He remains some 700 delegates behind Clinton.
Cruz is a little over 200 behind Trump.
But as the surprise outcome in Wisconsin shows, there is still everything to play for.
1,237 delegates needed for nomination in July
Donald Trump won 35 percent of the Wisconsin vote. He has the support of 740 delegates.
Ted Cruz won 14.0 percent of the Wisconsin vote. He has the support of 514 delegates.
John Kasich won 48.5 percent of the Wisconsin vote. He has the support of 143 delegates.
2,383 delegates needed for nomination in July
Hillary Clinton won 43.3 percent of the Wisconsin vote. She has the support of 1,743 delegates, of which 469 are superdelegates.
Bernie Sanders won 56.4 percent of the Wisconsin vote. He has the support of 1,056 delegates, 31 of which are superdelegates.
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