Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Cruz and Sanders win in Wisconsin primary

Killary and Donald lose out.

The BBC mentions Bernie Sanders but only talks about Trump. The Guardian celebrates Bernie

Wisconsin primary results: Bernie Sanders and Ted Cruz win

© Kamil Krzaczynski

Wisconsinites stand to make history, and in many ways that was the literal situation they found themselves in — with long lines lasting hours for some. Both the Republican and Democratic front-runners, however, were expected to falter as the challengers rose to the occasion.

With 7 percent of the precincts reporting, Sen. Ted Cruz was announced the Republican winner, carrying 49.1 percent of the vote to Donald Trump's 34.6 percent, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich's lagging 13.8 percent, according to Associated Press.

With 21 percent of the precincts reporting, Sen. Bernie Sanders won with 53.2 percent of the vote to Hillary Clinton's 46.6 percent.

"Let me remind everybody that we've got a really important caucus here on Saturday," Sanders said in his victory speech to a crowd in Laramie, Wyoming. "With our victory tonight in Wisconsin, we have now won seven out of the last eight caucuses and primaries, and we have won almost all of them with overwhelming landslide numbers. What momentum is about is that at this time in contemporary politics when every major candidate has a Super PAC, we have said no to Super PACs."

Sanders added that Clinton was getting "a little nervous" about the upcoming April 19 primary in New York, where she served as US senator. Sanders was born in Brooklyn.

I am more and more convinced that our campaign is going to earn the 1,237 delegates needed to win the Republican nomination,” Cruz said in his victory speech. “Either before Cleveland or at the convention, together we will win the majority of the delegates and together we will beat Hillary Clinton in November.”

Cruz walks out with the 24 delegates awarded to the overall state winner, but there are still 18 remaining to be distributed based on congressional district vote wins, which Trump is likely to share in.

Sanders garnered 29 delegates for winning the state, but will certainly share with Clinton many of the 57 distributed proportionally by how the race fares in the congressional districts. There are also 10 superdelegates to be won, though they are unbound.

Yet another primary has tested the patience of voters, with some Wisconsinites lining up for hours to cast their ballots. The longest queue was in Green Bay at the University of Wisconsin, where brand new voters waited to register in the same single-file as every returning voter. Just two ballot boxes were in operation there.

According to SMG Delta, the campaign to spend the most on the state primary was Sen. Sanders who dropped $2.4 million on ads, compared to Hillary Clinton who unloaded $931,000.

On the Republican side, the biggest spenders weren't from any particular campaign, but anti-Trump groups Our Principles PAC and the Club for Growth, which together spent $2 million in advertising. Trump campaigned in the state for a comparatively penny-pinching $500,000.

The Republican favorite to win, Sen. Ted Cruz, along with supporting external organizations kicked in a total $1.4 million. Ohio Gov. John Kasich and his supporting groups threw in $970,000.

Guardian coverage HERE

Bernie Sanders has all of the momentum after another big win in Wisconsin, where 86 delegates are at stake. This marks Sanders’ 17th win overall and his 7th victory in the last 8 contests. The graphic below, which aggregates Real Clear Politics’ polling data, illustrates exactly how far Sanders’ support has come since 2015.

Whatever his weird views about things David Icke has got things more right than wrong about this election.

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