Despite recent poll numbers closing the gap in his Wisconsin battle with Ted Cruz, Donald Trump suffered a loss to the Texas senator in the Wisconsin Republican primary today, April 5, 2016.
With polls having closed at 9 p.m. CDT, early returns at 9:31 p.m by Bloomberg Politics and AP RaceCall at 9:32 p.m., have Cruz as the projected winner. John Kasich, the Ohio governor, remained a distant third.
Wisconsin sends 42 delegates to the Republican Convention Of these, 18 are granted to the winner in the state. The remaining 24 delegates are allocated per district.
Governor Scott Walker, a former candidate for the Republican nomination, added his political heft to the Cruz effort. He chose to back the senator about a week ago.
The next Republican primary is on April 9, in Colorado. New York will be the next major battleground on April 19, where 95 delegates are at stake. After that, there will be 18 more primaries for the party with five of them being held on June 7.
The Republican National Convention will begin on July 18 in Cleveland. If Trump does not have enough delegates to nominate him for the first ballot, there could be an open convention. Forty years ago, Gerald Ford and Ronald Reagan battled it out at the last open Republican Convention. Ronald Reagan lost the battle at that time.
By Bob Reinhard
Edited by Cathy Milne and Jeanette Smith
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