What You Should Know About the Wisconsin Primary

Both the Democratic and GOP presidential candidates fought for votes during Tuesday's Wisconsin primary. Check out everything else you need to know.

Here's what happened:

  • Ted Cruz won the GOP contest with 50 percent of the vote, according to the AP.
  • Bernie Sanders took the Democratic race with 56 percent of the vote.
  • Wisconsin was projecting its highest voter turnout in a presidential primary since 1980.
  • Eighty-six delegates were up for grabs on the Democratic side; Republicans were fighting for 42.
  • Going into the Wisconsin primary, Sanders had 980 delegates, while Clinton had 1,243 out of the 2,383 needed to win the party nomination. (This count does not include superdelegates, many of whom have pledged to vote for Clinton but can still change their minds.)
  • On the GOP side, Trump had amassed 736 delegates, Ted Cruz 469, and John Kasich 143 out of the 1,237 needed.

Here's what it means:

  • Cruz's victory could be a sign that Trump's momentum is slowing down and that there might be a brokered GOP convention in July.
  • Part of the reason for Cruz's win could be attributed to the fact that talk radio shows in Wisconsin made a major effort to bash Trump, especially after he attacked Governor Scott Walker, who has a large Republican following in the state.
  • Another factor could be the backlash Trump faced last week after saying women who get abortions should be punished. The day before that, his campaign came under fire when his manager was charged with battery for grabbing a reporter's arm.
  • Sanders showed that he is still a force in the Democratic race, having won seven out of the past eight contests. However, he needs to win more than 57 percent of the votes going forward, according to the New York Times, in order to claim a majority of pledged delegates and knock Hillary Clinton out of the frontrunner position.

Here's how they responded:

  • "Let me just say: Hillary, get ready, here we come." — Cruz, shifting his focus away from Trump and alluding to a general election matchup with Hillary Clinton.
  • "What momentum is about is my belief that if we wake up the American people . . . and if people begin to stand up, fight back, and come out and vote in large numbers, there is nothing that we cannot accomplish." — Sanders

Here's what's next:

  • There will be a Wyoming Democratic caucus on April 9, a Democratic debate on April 14, and a New York primary on April 19 in Clinton's home state. Follow along with all of our election coverage here.