Donald Trump says he can win the Republican nomination for president — but Ted Cruz isn’t going down without a fight.
Cruz overwhelmingly defeated Trump in Wisconsin’s GOP primary Tuesday, according to an Associated Press race call at 9:32 p.m.
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The commanding victory wasn’t unexpected, but it could still add fresh energy to Cruz’s drive to topple Trump.
Cruz strongly emphasized his Wisconsin win as a turning point in the bitter contest — and another sign that he’s the man who can truly unite a fractured GOP.
“Four very different states: Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, Wisconsin. Four victories. So just how significant is tonight? Well, just today our campaign has raised over $2 million … We’ve had over 1.5 million contributions,” Cruz told his fans at a Milwaukee victory party.
“In the last two weeks, and in the coming days, when Colorado and Wyoming finish voting, we are likely to have gained over 100 delegates on Donald Trump.”
Team Trump opted for a sharply worded statement over a primary night speech.
The Trump campaign snarked that:
“Not only was [Cruz] propelled by the anti-Trump Super PAC’s spending countless millions of dollars on false advertising against Mr. Trump, but he was coordinating `with his own Super PAC’s (which is illegal) who totally control him. Ted Cruz is worse than a puppet— he is a Trojan horse, being used by the party bosses attempting to steal the nomination from Mr. Trump.”
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