Cruz, Sanders Gain Ground on Leaders

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April 5, 2016

Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders received the most votes in the Wisconsin primary elections. 

Cruz, in the Republican primary, got 48 percent of the vote. The current delegate leader, Donald Trump, received 34 percent of the vote. Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who has won just one primary, had 14 percent.

On the Democratic side, Sanders got more than half of the vote, 56 percent. Current delegate leader Hillary Clinton received 43 percent.

Wisconsin assigns its delegates proportionally, so the candidates split the delegate total. The Democratic delegate assignment was more straightforward, with Sanders gaining 45 delegates and Clinton gaining 31, to roughly match their percentage total. The Republican primary delegate assignment procedure was a winner-take-most, so Cruz got all but three of the 36 delegates on offer and Trump got the other three.

Clinton and Trump retain their overall delegate lead in their respective political parties. Trump has secured support of 739 delegates, with the number needed to gain the nomination 1,237. Cruz has 502, and Kasich has 143. Clinton has more than half of the 2,383 delegates needed, with 1,274. Sanders is not far behind, with 1,025.

Colorado (Republican-only) and Wyoming (Democratic caucus) will soon have their turn. The next large-delegate state is New York, on April 19. A week after that, another five states, including delegate-rich Pennsylvania, will have their say.

A couple list of dates for caucuses and primaries is here.

It all leads up to the major party national conventions. The Republican Party convention will be July 18–21 in Cleveland. The Democratic Party convention will be the week of July 25th in Philadelphia.

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