Donald Trump lost the Republican primary in Wisconsin to Ted Cruz by a margin of 13 points. The loss is just the latest in a series of blows to the Trump campaign which has begun to crumble under the pressure as the nomination grows ever closer.
This week Trump retracted and attempted to rephrase statements he had made about women who get abortions. His campaign manager was recently arrested for assaulting a female journalist.
“What an incredible victory tonight,” Cruz said in his victory speech in Milwaukee. “Tonight is a turning point. It is a rallying cry.”
The Trump campaign responded to the defeat with sharp words, saying that Trump had gotten an unfair amount of attention from talk show and radio hosts.
“Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet – he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination,” the Trump campaign said in a statement.
It was a night for the underdogs. On the other side, Bernie Sanders won a decisive victory over Democratic front runner Hilary Clinton. While Sanders still faces an uphill battle if he wants to overtake Clinton, Trump’s chances of clinching the nomination seems to be slipping away. A total of 1,237 delegates are needed in order to claim the Republican presidential nomination. Trump has thus far claimed 740 of the delegates, Cruz holds 514, and Ohio Governor John Kasich is at the back of the pack with 143 delegate. If none of the candidates can obtain the target number of delegates, the nominee will be decided by a vote at a contested convention.