Underdog candidates Ted Cruz ( R) and Bernie Sanders (D) emerged as winners in Tuesday’s Wisconsin presidential primaries. Cruz beat Republican front runner Donald Trump 48.2% to 35.1%. John Kasich came in a distant third with 14.1%. Sanders led the Democratic race against Hillary Clinton with double digits –57% to 43%.
“Tonight is a turning point,” Cruz declared at a victory rally in Milwaukee. “I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to win the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination.”
Sanders appeared before an enthusiastic crowd in Wyoming (where the next contest will be held on April 9). He announced that he’d won in Wisconsin and was confident of his chances of winning in Clinton’s hometown of New York on April 19.
“I know a little bit about New York because I spent the first 18 years of my life in Brooklyn, New York. Now please keep this a secret—do not tell Secretary Clinton; she’s getting a little nervous and I don’t want her to get more nervous—but I believe we’ve got an excellent chance to win New York and a lot of delegates in that state,” he said.
The wins bring Cruz’s total delegates to 517 of the total 1,237 needed to win the Republican nomination. Trump has 743. Clinton leads in the Democratic column with 1,748, while Sanders has 1,058. The total needed for a Democratic nomination is 2,383.