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After Wisconsin, the Battle for Delegates is On

April 7, 2016
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A person displays campaign stickers for Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A person displays campaign stickers for Senator Ted Cruz, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin primary election. He received a large majority of the votes. As important, Donald Trump lost.

What happens if Trump does not get the 1,237 delegate votes needed to win the nomination?

That question will occupy the nation for the next few months. If Trump does not reach the number, the betting will be against him. More Republicans are against Trump than are for him. Many believe his candidacy will deamage the party. He will hurt Republican candidates running for the Senate and the House of Representative.

If the candidate is not Trump, Ted Cruz has the best chance of winning the nomination. He is a right wing, conservative candidate. Most Republicans say he is more polished than Trump. But, they think he will also lose in the general election next November.

John Kasich may be the compromise choice. He is a moderate. Another person often mentioned as a compromise choice is Paul Ryan. He is the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He is a conservative as well. People think he is responsible and able to compromise.

All you will hear now is talk about the path to the nomination. The talk will be about delegate counts. It will also be about the rules governing how delegates vote.

On the Democratic side. Bernie Sanders won the primary. He had a big majority of the votes. He has what people call “momentum.” Most experts do not think he will have enough delegates to win the nomination.

Here is the primary schedule for April 2016:

  • Tue, Apr 19 New York
  • Tue, Apr 26 Connecticut
  • Tue, Apr 26 Delaware
  • Tue, Apr 26 Maryland
  • Tue, Apr 26 Pennsylvania
  • Tue, Apr 26 Rhode Island
  • Source: The New York Times April 6, 2016

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