Posted: 3:10 am Tuesday, April 5th, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
With no other states in the way, voters in Wisconsin will deliver a double barreled verdict on the race for President on Tuesday, as Bernie Sanders bids for a sixth straight win over Hillary Clinton, while Ted Cruz looks to slow down Donald Trump’s drive to the Republican nomination.
Both Cruz and Trump were barnstorming around the Badger State on Monday, in one last bid for support; despite being behind in most polls, Trump was predicting a “very big victory” in Wisconsin.
42 delegates are at stake for the Republicans, which are awarded in two different ways:
+ 18 delegates go to the statewide winner
+ 24 delegates are divided up in eight Congressional districts, as the winner of each district will get 3 delegates per victory.
The other Republican still in the race, John Kasich, was all but admitting defeat in Wisconsin, as he campaigned in New York, which votes in two weeks on April 19.
But Kasich expressed his bemusement at polls which show him trailing both Cruz and Trump in Wisconsin – and yet Kasich is the only Republican winning the state in November when paired against the Democrats.
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) April 4, 2016
As for the Democratic race, it’s an important night for both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, as Sanders looks to extend his winning streak, while Clinton hopes to stop that narrative.
Sanders used part of his final day of campaign stops in Wisconsin to go after Gov. Scott Walker.
86 delegates are available for Democrats in Wisconsin; they are doled out proportionally in two ways:
+ 19 delegates proportional for the statewide vote
+ 67 delegates are awarded proportionally in the eight Congressional districts of Wisconsin (each district is worth anywhere between 5 and 11 delegates)
For Clinton, a win would be a big psychological boost, after losing five straight states. She knows that Sanders – who is still raising huge amounts of money – likely won’t be pushed out of the race in coming weeks.
Wisconsin elections officials are predicting a 40 percent voter turnout on Tuesday, which would be the best for a Wisconsin Primary since 1980 – on that day, Jimmy Carter defeated Ted Kennedy and Ronald Reagan turned back George H.W. Bush and John Anderson.
About the Author
Jamie Dupree is the Radio News Director of the Washington Bureau of the Cox Media Group and writes the Washington Insider blog. A native of Washington, D.C., Jamie has covered Congress and politics in the nation’s capital since the Reagan Administration, and has been reporting for Cox since 1989.