If the No. 2 contenders can’t win there, they face a diminishing belief they can win in states that follow
Wisconsin’s primary, up next on the presidential nominating calendar, presents a key test for the second-place Democratic and Republican candidates: If Sens. Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz can’t win there, they face a diminishing belief that they can win in states that follow.
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That is because both Mr. Cruz, who is chasing GOP front-runner Donald Trump, and Mr. Sanders, who lags behind Hillary Clinton in the Democratic delegate count, hold distinct advantages in Wisconsin.
With two weeks between Tuesday’s contests in Arizona and Utah and Wisconsin’s vote on April 5, the candidates will be able to put down roots in a way they haven’t since before the February contests in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Among the GOP, the action has already started. Mr. Cruz is scheduled to appear at a forum Wednesday in Waukesha County, a suburban Milwaukee area that is home to the state’s largest concentration of GOP voters and crucial to any Republican’s electoral hopes. He also announced four additional stops Thursday and Friday in Madison and the Fox Valley, the GOP-rich area between Milwaukee and Green Bay.
To stress the importance of Wisconsin, the Cruz campaign put out a call for volunteers to come to the state to establish a “Camp Cruz,” which it hadn’t done since South Carolina’s Feb. 20 primary.
“Cruz has an opportunity, but he also has a lot of work to do because most Wisconsinites don’t know a lot about him,” said Mark Graul, a veteran Republican operative from Green Bay who organized the state for George W. Bush in 2004. “He’s got the opportunity to come in and really show people why he is the best choice not just to be the anti-Trump but to be the next president.”Read the rest of the story HERE.
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