Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin presidential primary on Tuesday, dealing a blow to front-runner Donald Trump’s chances of clinching the Republican nomination ahead of the party’s July convention.
On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders defeated Hillary Clinton, reducing the top candidate’s commanding lead in delegates, Reuters reported.
Trump had 737 convention delegates to Cruz’s 481 heading into the vote, leaving him 500 delegates short of the 1,237 needed to become his party’s nominee in the Nov. 8 US presidential election.
Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, the other remaining Republican contender, hope to stop Trump short of a first-ballot victory and trigger a contested convention.
Cruz was aided in Wisconsin by the backing of Republican Governor Scott Walker, who had dropped his own presidential bid in September.
Party establishment figures, worried that Trump will lead Republicans to a broad defeat in November, have banded together to try to stop him.
A new Reuters/Ipsos poll on Tuesday showed Cruz about even with Trump nationally.
The poll, conducted during April 1-5, showed Cruz winning the support of 35 percent of Republicans to Trump’s 39 percent.
As recently as a month ago, when Senator Marco Rubio was also still a candidate, Cruz trailed Trump by about 20 points.
In the Democratic race, Sanders’ win marks his sixth triumph in the last seven presidential nominating contests.
However, he still faces a difficult task to overtake Clinton as the presidential nominating race moves to New York on April 19 and to five other Eastern states on April 26.
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