The chief tormenters, at least to the frontrunners, came out victorious in Wisconsin on Tuesday dealing blows to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, but for different reasons. With 60.9 percent of the precincts reporting, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has 55.9 percent of the vote to Clinton's 43.8 percent. With 61.1 percent of precincts reporting on the Republican side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has 50 percent of the vote. Trump has 33.2 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich has 14.4 percent.
Sanders needed to receive at least 50 percent of the vote and win by at least 10 percent in order to make progress on the delegate front. According to the Associated Press, Clinton has a total of 1,740 delegates to Sanders' 1,055, as of 8:11 p.m. Pacific Time. Perhaps more importantly, however, is the momentum this gives the senator. He already had it, but this large victory – both in terms of percentage and the number of delegates at stake, 96 – is his sixth victory out of the seven most recent contests. It puts him in a position to compete in New York, Clinton's adopted home state, because his movement is with him and, quite likely, stronger than ever before. He will also have the resources to put up a large fight because he always sees a surge in donations after victories, especially ones of great importance.
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Cruz's victory is not only for him, but also for the Stop Trump movement. His large margin of victory will give him a large delegate haul, and each one will count toward stopping the real estate mogul at the Republican National Convention. This makes it harder for any of the Republican candidates to get to a majority because the party gathering in Cleveland, therefore making a contested convention much, much more likely. If that happens, however, there is always a chance the party could try to nominate someone else, if the convention does not keep the same rules from 2012. More importantly, this gives Cruz momentum, which he can use to get future states that are not in Trump's east coast wheelhouse to fall his way.
According to USC Annenberg Media's public relations desk, this is the first time Trump dominated Twitter – in terms of handle and affiliated hashtag uses – on a nominating contest day, but did not win. The desk also discovered a "Women4Trump" movement, which started on Twitter on March 26.
The next contest for both parties is New York's primary on April 19, and the Democrats will debate on April 14.