On the other hand, the day ended in a sad, albeit expected defeat for Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, the front-runners in the Republican and Democratic primaries.
While Cruz won comfortably leading Donald Trump 51 percent to 34 percent, Sanders easily defeated Clinton and won by about 13 points, 56 percent to 43 percent, earning his sixth victory in the last seven contests.
The defeat certainly puts pressure on Trump to bounce back in upcoming primary states even as Cruz tries to establish his space as the main Trump alternative amongst Republicans.
In his victory speech in Milwaukee, Cruz declared, “What an incredible victory tonight. Tonight is a turning point. It is a rallying cry.”
Cruz was joined by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a former rival who had endorsed him.
Experts opine that Trump’s remarks about abortion have hurt his prospects with Republican women voters.
Outraged at his defeat, Trump reportedly responded with an attack on Cruz claiming he had been aided by Wisconsin conservative talk show radio hosts and millions of dollars in ads spent by an anti-Trump SuperPAC, or independent funding group.
Trump’s campaign said, “Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet – he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Trump.”
Meanwhile, on the Democratic side, Sanders’ win delayed Clinton’s march to the Democratic presidential nomination.
Trump is still on the way to assembling the 1,237 delegates needed for the Republican presidential nomination. Reports pointed out that if no candidate reaches 1,237, the Republicans’ choice will be picked when delegates gather for the party’s national convention in Cleveland in July.
The presidential nomination race now moves to New York on April 19 and to five other Eastern states on April 26.