In decisive victories over rivals, Democrat Bernie Sanders registered 56.5 per cent votes, while Republican Ted Cruz received 48.3 per cent
Milwaukee: Front-runners Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton yesterday suffered a setback as their rivals Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders snatched victories in the crucial Wisconsin primary, marking a “turning point” in the intense battle for securing their party’s presidential nomination. Cruz (45) won the Wisconsin Republican primary, boosting his efforts to blunt the 69-year-old real estate tycoon and moving the party closer to a historic contested convention.
Ted Cruz (left) won the Wisconsin Republican primary, boosting his efforts to blunt Donald Trump, while Bernie Sanders scored over his Democratic party rival, Hillary Clinton. Pics/AFP
Cruz received 48.3 per cent of the votes to 35.1 per cent for Trump. A confident Cruz said at his victory rally, “Tonight was a bad night for Trump,” Cruz said.
Sanders (74) won the Democratic primary by receiving 56.5 per cent votes, posting a decisive victory over Clinton who got 43.1 per cent of the votes. It is the Vermont Senator’s sixth straight win over Clinton recently.
Team Trump calls Cruz 'Trojan horse'
Upset over his defeat in the Wisconsin primary, Donald Trump’s campaign yesterday called his Republican rival Ted Cruz a “puppet” and a “Trojan horse”. “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet, he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr Trump,” the Trump campaign said in a statement.