The mid-western stateÂ broughtÂ losses to the parties’ front runners, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, as their main challengers scored big-margin victories.
“With 92 per cent of votes counted, Mr Cruz was leading Mr Trump by 49 per cent to 35 per cent in Wisconsinâs Republican primary with the only other candidate, Ohio governor John Kasich, winning just 14 per cent of the vote,” reports Irish Times.
“In the Democratic race, Mr Sanders held a lead of 56 per cent to 43 per cent over Mrs Clinton with the same percentage of votes counted.”
Ted Cruz, the Republican senator from Texas, was highly supported byÂ a coalition of conservative critics of Mr Trump and Republican establishment opponents seeking to halt the New York billionaireâs march towards the required 1,237 party delegates he needs to clinch the nomination.
âTonight is a turning point. It is a rallying cry,â the 45-year-old senator told a victory rally in Milwaukee.
The Wisconsin resultsÂ prompted quite an agressive response from the Republican frontrunnerÂ who released a statement attacking his rival rather than appearing before television cameras after a heavy defeat.
The millionaireÂ denounced his Republican opponent calling him âLyinâ Ted Cruzâ and attributing his victory to the support of conservative talk radio show hosts and âthe entire party apparatus behind himâ.
âTed 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,â said the statement released by the businessmanâs campaign team.
Exit polls unveiled thatÂ Trump’s opponent appeared to be popular amongst all the categories of citizens, almost all age groups as well as among college graduates and blue-collar workers, a key voter group that has handed Mr Trump a strong lead among delegates.
Clinton, who did not appear in public on Tuesday night, tweeted her congratulations to Sanders.
“Congrats to @BernieSanders on winning Wisconsin,” Clinton said on Twitter. “To all the voters and volunteers who poured your hearts into this campaign: Forward! -H.”
“Heading into Tuesday, Clinton led Sanders by 263 pledged delegates in the race for the 2,383 needed to be nominated at the party’s July convention in Philadelphia. She also has a big lead in super delegates, who are party leaders free to back any candidate,” Reuters remids.
“Sanders needs to win up to two-thirds of the remaining delegates to catch Clinton, who will keep accumulating delegates even when she loses under a Democratic Party system that awards them proportionally in all states.”