Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who leads in the polls in Wisconsin, is hoping to put a dent in front-runner Donald Trump's delegate count by winning the state's primary on Tuesday. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is hoping for a big win in Wisconsin's primary on Tuesday. Speaking to reporters before a town hall in Madison, Cruz said, "This race has national implications. The entire country is looking at Wisconsin." The U.S. senator from Texas is looking to put a dent in front-runner Donald Trump's delegate count to clinch the party's nomination. Trailing Cruz in the polls in Wisconsin, Trump spent the entire weekend campaigning in the state and planned to draw in his wife, Melania, on Monday. He stayed on message, telling supporters in West Allis, Wisconsin, on Sunday night that Cruz was a liar and a "dirty rotten cheater" who is weak on immigration and would cut Social Security benefits. He trails Cruz by 10 percentage points in some Wisconsin polls. Cruz faces difficulty in winning the delegates needed to secure the nomination, given that the next states to vote, including New York on April 19, are Trump-friendly territory. Republicans Cruz and Ohio Governor John Kasich, who is third in the race, want to deny Trump enough delegates so that the nominee is determined at the Republican National Convention in July.