Donald Trump’s loss in Wisconsin is the Republican Party’s gain, whose members are hoping that the party’s nomination will be a more tightened race.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won 36 of Wisconsin’s 42 delegates Tuesday night, leaving Trump with only six and Ohio Gov. John Kasich with none.
“Tonight is a turning point,” Cruz said at a victory rally in Milwaukee on Tuesday night. “I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to win the 1,237 delegates needed to win the nomination. Either before Cleveland or at Cleveland…we will win a majority of the delegates.”
Despite Trump’s loss Tuesday night, he still leads the Republican race in the total delegate count with 743, while Cruz follows behind at 517. All Republican campaigns will now turn their attention to the Northeast, which favors Trump, whose home state, New York, votes April 19.
Instead of the traditional election night news conference, Trump released a statement following his loss in Wisconsin.
“Donald J. Trump withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again,” said the statement. “Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Governor of Wisconsin, many conservative talk radio show hosts and the entire party apparatus behind him.”
The statement also accused Cruz of coordinating with super political action groups (PACs) to buy false advertisement against Trump. According to CNN, there is no evidence that Cruz and his super PAC coordinated on advertising.
“We have total confidence that Mr. Trump will go on to win New York, where he holds a substantial lead in the polls, and beyond,” said the statement. “Mr. Trump is the only candidate who can secure the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination and ultimately defeat Hillary Clinton, or whomever is the Democratic nominee, in order to Make America Great Again.”
While the total delegate count shows Clinton leading by over 700 delegates, Sen. Bernie Sanders won his sixth of the last seven state contests Tuesday night.
The Democrats also shift their attention to the Northeast, where New York will kick off a series of state primaries on April 19. According to CNN, both Clinton and Sanders have high hopes for New York – Sanders was born in New York and Clinton represented the state in the Senate.
“Please keep this a secret,” Sanders said in Laramie, Wyoming Tuesday night. “Do not tell Secretary Clinton – she is getting a little nervous and I don’t want her to get more nervous – but I believe we have got an excellent chance to win New York and a lot of delegates in that state.”
Clinton tweeted her congratulations to Sanders on Tuesday night.
“Congrats to @BernieSanders on winning Wisconsin,” Clinton said. “To all voters and volunteers who poured your hearts into this campaign: Forward! –H”
Despite the series of primaries ahead of both parties, all candidates continue to keep their focus on the general election in November – specifically Cruz, who predicted he would be facing Hillary in the fall.
“Hillary, get ready, here we come,” Cruz said.