WI reset? After primary victory, Cruz claims 'turning point' in GOP race

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 0:21 AM

“I'm so encouraged after what was a terrific victory .. in Wisconsin,” Cruz said Wednesday. “It was a turning point, I believe, in this all election.

WI reset? After primary victory, Cruz claims 'turning point' in GOP race

After his overwhelming win in the WI Republican primary Tuesday, Ted Cruz is claiming a "turning point" in the GOP race which he believes could propel him to victory – though the conservative firebrand faces some tough challenges ahead.

“I'm so encouraged after what was a terrific victory ... in Wisconsin,” Cruz said Wednesday. “It was a turning point, I believe, in this all election. It culminated four states in a row in the latest two weeks where we've beaten Donald Trump over and over again.”

Cruz indeed bolstered his case that he'south gaining momentum in the battle against front-runner Trump. He scored forty-eight % of the vote to Trump's thirty-five percent, and picked up the lion'south share of the state'south delegates. OH Gov. John Kasich trailed distant behind.

Cruz'south path to winning the nomination pre-convention remains virtually non-existent. But some analysts saw Cruz'south win as a sign that Trump needs to rethink his approach if he wants to avert the more likely scenario of a contested convention.

The primary came after a tough week for the Republican front-runner. He was embroiled in controversy over retweeting an unflattering image of his rival'south wife Heidi Cruz; he'd to walk back comments he made on abortion; and his campaign manager was charged with misdemeanor battery after grabbing a reporter at a campaign event.

In a statement after the primary, Trump’s campaign sought to downplay the defeat, arguing he's “withstood the onslaught of the establishment yet again.”

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“Lyin’ Ted Cruz had the Gov of Wisconsin, many conservative speak radio hosts, and the all party apparatus behind him,” the statement said, before arguing that Trump is the only candidate who can safe the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination.

Exit polls in WI highlighted concerns about Trump from some areas of the Republican Party. A majority of GOP voters said they're either concerned about or scared of a potential Trump presidency.

But Cruz'south surge could be short-lived.

Despite the win, the following few primaries are looking love slender pickings for the TX senator, and could produce huge wins for Trump. The race heads following to NY state where Trump holds a commanding lead in the polls and is the overwhelming favorite to win the primary on April nineteen -- and a majority of the ninety-five delegates up for grabs.

A Monmouth Univ poll released Wednesday showed the NY genuine estate tycoon with fifty-two % of the likely Republican vote, with Cruz at the back of the field.

The poll shows Cruz with seventeen percent, behind OH Gov. John Kasich, who has twenty-five % of the vote, despite winning only his residence state and mathematically out of the delegate race.

If Trump stays above fifty % on Election Day, he'd be awarded all fifty-nine bound delegates.

“If this result holds in every single congressional district, Trump will walk far with nearly all of NY State’s delegates,” said Patrick Murray, director of the independent Monmouth Univ Polling Institute.

The poll was conducted by phone from April 3-5.

Another major state coming up is the June seven primary in California. Once seen as secure Trump territory, a new poll by SurveyUSA shows Trump with just an 8-point lead over Cruz. With one hundred seventy-two delegates up for grabs, CA could be a deciding factor if Cruz is able to hold building momentum.

Only Trump has a plausible path to lock up sufficient delegates before the convention, but it'south an increasingly slender one. To claim the nomination by the finish of the primaries on June seven, he'd have to win fifty-seven % of the remaining delegates. So far, he'south won just forty-six percent.

As of Wednesday afternoon, Trump had seven hundred forty-three delegates. Cruz had five hundred seventeen, and Kasich had one hundred forty-three. It takes 1.237 to win.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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