ByThe big wins for Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz in Wisconsin on Tuesday demonstrated why Hillary Clinton has an unbeatable lead on the Democratic side, and Cruz has a solid shot at heading the Republican ticket.
The demographics of Wisconsin were bad for Clinton and Donald Trump, the delegate leaders. And although they’re still counting votes, Cruz’s margin of victory is likely to be only a little larger than Sanders'.
On the Democratic side, it's strictly a matter of proportional representation. So by getting about 56 percent of the vote, Sanders will wind up with about 56 percent of Wisconsin’s delegates. For Republicans, Wisconsin is a winner-take-most state, and it appears that Cruz will win either 36 or 39 of the 42 delegates, a huge haul.
Trump Loses in Wisconsin, But His Lead Remains Formidable
The Republican front-runner was thumped in nearly every demographic category in Tuesday’s primary.
Donald Trump lost among female voters by 13 percentage points, his worst margin other than a 16-point loss in Ohio on March 15, according to an exit poll published by CNN. He also fell short by 10 points among voters without college degrees, an important part of his national base. More than half of Wisconsin Republicans said they'd be concerned or scared if Trump was elected president.
The defeat was so stinging that his campaign released a terse statement calling Cruz a “Trojan horse” who is “being used by the party bosses to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”