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Trump Set To Visit Wisconsin, But Cruz Has Head Start

Posted: Mar 28, 2016 at 3:02 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Donald Trump is planning to make his first campaign visit to Wisconsin on Tuesday, where the upcoming Republican presidential primary could mark a turning point in the unpredictable race.
But rival Ted Cruz has gotten a jump-start on next week’s contest, collecting influential endorsements and campaigning in key regions.
A solid Cruz win in Wisconsin would narrow Trump’s path to the nomination, put pressure on the billionaire to sweep the remaining winner-take-all primaries this spring and increase the chances of a contested party convention in July.
“The results in Wisconsin will impact significantly the primaries to come,” Cruz told The Associated Press after a rally Friday.
Next Tuesday’s contest will be the first primary since the Texas senator began collecting the backing of establishment Republicans, such as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, adamant about eliminating Trump.
As Cruz campaigned across the state, he was following a winning roadmap drawn by Wisconsin governor Scott Walker in 2010 in Wisconsin’s rural and working-class midsection, the same demographic that has driven Trump’s success thus far.
Trump has slightly fewer than half of the Republican delegates allocated so far, short of the majority needed to clinch the nomination before the party’s national convention this summer. Cruz has more than a third of the delegates.
If Cruz wins most of the 42 delegates in Wisconsin, then the remaining winner-take-all contests in Delaware, Montana, Nebraska, New Jersey and North Dakota could determine the future of the race. A solid Cruz win in Wisconsin would likely require Trump to win those five contests to avoid fighting for the nomination at the party’s national convention.
Cruz’s campaign was airing about $500,000 in advertising over the final two weeks before the primary — a sharp contrast to Trump, who aired no commercials in the state. The anti-tax group Club for Growth announced its plans to spend $1 million on pro-Cruz ads, while an anti-Trump group was spending roughly $340,000 in the final two weeks.
The third remaining Republican candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, has also visited Wisconsin, but polls show him trailing both Trump and Cruz.
“Ted Cruz has a real opportunity to win the state, in a way that would be pretty resounding,” said Mark Graul, an unaffiliated Republican strategist from the state. (AP)