Wisconsin Could Be Big Setback for Clinton, Trump

Polls suggest front-runners will struggle
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2016 4:49 AM CDT
Wisconsin Could Be Big Setback for Clinton, Trump
Melania Trump praised her husband as a "great negotiator."   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Wisconsin holds its primaries Tuesday, and polls suggest that the Badger State is about to deliver big setbacks for both front-runners. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump both insist they can win the state, the Washington Post reports, but if recent polls are correct, Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz will be the ones to emerge with vital momentum from what will be the last primary until New York votes on April 19. In other coverage:

  • Cruz, Trump, Sanders, and Bill Clinton all descended on the Milwaukee area Monday night, while Hillary Clinton and John Kasich campaigned in New York, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. At his event, Cruz was introduced by Gov. Scott Walker, who said the state could "turn the tide for a Cruz presidency."

  • Wisconsin isn't a winner-take-all state, but Trump's path to the necessary 1,237 delegates will become a lot trickier if Cruz wins by even one vote, according to FiveThirtyEight's analysis.
  • With 86 Democratic delegates at stake, Wisconsin could help Sanders whittle away Clinton's commanding lead, reports Politico, which notes that the state is "Bernie-friendly" because of both demographics and the fact that its primary is open to independent voters, who tend to pick Sanders over Clinton.
  • The New York Times reports that in an apparent effort to boost his abysmal ratings among women, Trump's wife, Melania, has joined him on the campaign trail. "No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal," she said at a Monday night event in Milwaukee that the Times describes as "subdued" with "a crowd that was less than capacity."
  • In Wisconsin, Trump has faced a stronger anti-Trump movement and a more cohesive GOP establishment than in most other states, reports Bloomberg, which notes that a loss there could undercut his claim to be the consensus candidate.
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