Voters in both parties in Wisconsin tried to further shake up the race for President on Tuesday, as they gave solid wins to Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, raising more questions about the front runner status of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, and all but ensuring that these nomination races won’t end anytime soon.
“Tonight is a turning point,” Cruz said to cheers from supporters, as he celebrated a double-digit win over Trump in the Badger State, cutting into Trump’s overall lead by 30 delegates, as Cruz won 36 of 42 at stake on Tuesday.
In defeat, Trump was bitter, as he accused Cruz and the Republican establishment of trying to “steal” the GOP nomination.
“Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet – he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump,” Trump said in a statement sent to reporters.
That same statement accused Cruz of illegally coordinating activities with an outside Super-PAC; Trump offered no evidence as he complained about “false advertising.”
Unlike his wins in Illinois and Michigan, Trump could not repeat that formula in Wisconsin, as he struggled in Milwaukee and its immediate suburbs, losing by large margins to Cruz in suburban Waukesha County, home to Gov. Scott Walker, who sided with Cruz.
Not a single poll on either side predicted the extent of Cruz's and Bernie's margin of victory.
For Sanders, his win was also important, a sixth straight victory – seven of the last eight contests – making the New York Primary in two weeks a dramatic showdown in a race that many thought would have been over long ago.