Ted Cruz floored Donald trump in a decisive Republican presidential primaries victory in Wisconsin on Tuesday.
“Tonight is a turning point. It is a rallying cry. It is a call from the hardworking people of Wisconsin to the people of America,” Cruz said, declaring victory in Milwaukee before several hundred cheering supporters. “Tonight, Wisconsin has lit a candle guiding the way forward.”
Cruz’s margin of victory was large enough that three television networks called the contest soon after the polls closed. With 70 percent of precincts reporting, The Associated Press showed Cruz with roughly 50 percent of the vote, compared to just over 32 percent for Trump. John Kasich lagged far behind with about 14 percent. Cruz crushed Trump in the heavily GOP Milwaukee suburbs, leading Waukesha County by nearly 40 percentage points, with nearly 90 percent of the vote counted there.
On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders scored a big win over front-runner Hillary Clinton, keeping his own campaign alive.