REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Presidential frontrunners Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump may have lost in Wisconsin but they are looking ahead to the New York primary on April 19 where 247 delegates are at stake for the Democrats and 95 delegates are up for grabs for the GOP.
New York is Clinton and Trump’s home state, where both have wide leads in the polls.
Clinton brushed off her loss against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in Wisconsin Tuesday night. Sanders won with 56.6%, bagging 47 delegates, while Clinton received 43.1% support, receiving 36 delegates.
She said, “Senator Sanders had a good night last night and I congratulated him. But if you look at the numbers, I’m still considerably ahead in both the popular vote and most importantly, the delegate count. So I’m feeling very good where we are.”
For his part, Sanders appeared confident as he touted his recent string of victories. He hopes to build on his momentum going into the New York primary. “With our victory tonight in Wisconsin we have now won seven out of eight of the last caucuses and primaries. And we have won almost all of them with overwhelming landslide numbers,” claimed Sanders.
On the GOP side, Trump, who dominated the race for months, suddenly found himself on the defensive with Texas Senator Ted Cruz’ victory in the Badger State.
Cruz got 48.2% of the votes, taking 36 delegates, compared to Trump’s 35.1% support and six delegates. Governor John Kasich came in last with 14.1% and did not bag any delegate.
Cruz said his win in Wisconson is a sign of changing political winds in the primary race. He said, “Tonight is a turning point. It is a rallying cry. It is a call from the hard working men and women of Wisconsin to the people of America. We have a choice. A real choice.”
Trump still holds a wide lead over his rivals. But his loss in Wisconsin now makes it harder for him to get the 1,237 pledged delegates needed to clinch the nomination outright.
He took a shot at people who are trying to prevent him from winning the GOP nomination. He said, “These are the people, these people about Trump, they call it No Trump….what do they call it? They call it Never Trump. Oh, you know, you need Trump so badly though.”
April 26 will also be a big day for the presidential candidates, with primaries in Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.
You ain’t gonna win old fart Sanders!