Washington, (IANS) US Republican Ted Cruz has won the presidential primary in Wisconsin, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump, while Democratic contender Senator Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton in a close contest.
The loss is more damaging to Trump, because he is in greater danger of failing to lock up the party’s nomination ahead of the July convention.
In the Republican race, the first results showed a massive lead for Cruz: With more than 20 percent of votes in, he led Trump by more than 20 percentage points.
Trump may still get some delegates from Wisconsin, however, the state awards some delegates by congressional districts, and he was leading in rural districts in Wisconsin’s northwest, according to Washington Post.
Cruz savoured the victory, casting it as proof that the GOP race had turned. The party’s anti-Trump forces had coalesced behind an unlikely champion: a Texas senator who seemed like the worst possible choice for the GOP establishment, right up until they met candidate Trump.
Early results with 23 percent of all votes counted show Cruz won 52 percent compared to Donald Trump’s 30 percent, while in the Democratic field, Sanders beat Hillary Clinton with 54 percent to 46 percent with 27 percent votes counted, Xinhua reported.
Mathematically, the victories of Cruz and Sanders in Wisconsin did not change the contour of the races where Trump and Clinton continued to hold an almost insurmountable delegate lead.