Wisconsin reset or just a bump in the road for front-runners?

“Early calls in favor of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) in Wisconsin’s Democratic and Republican primary races suggest the margin of victory will be significant when the votes are all counted. (In exit polls Hillary Clinton lost by 7 points and Donald Trump by 11 points),” as the Washington Post is reporting in an editorial.

“Clinton’s loss in Wisconsin almost certainly will not change the trajectory of the Democratic race. The Democrats’ proportional delegate system prevents Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) from catching up, provided the roof does not fall in on her (that is, the FBI does not recommend she be prosecuted). However, exit polls showing her losing key categories — under-45-year-olds by nearly 50 points, white voters by 18 points, every income group by double digits and single women by 11 percent — should be sobering. The results underscore her mediocrity as a candidate and her difficulty in turning out the base — unless Trump is the opponent and fuels Democrats’ fears and outrage.

“Fortunately for the GOP and the country as a whole, a Trump nomination became somewhat less probable thanks to a thrashing delivered by Cruz. Trump lost among women, all economic groups, all educational levels, very conservative and somewhat conservative voters and evangelical Christians. His problems with these groups, which early in the race were flocking to him, are now evident.

“The Republican electorate is no less angst-ridden than it was in February. Ninety-five percent of Republicans are very worried about the economy. The difference is that they are no longer turning to Trump, at least in Wisconsin and several recent primary states (Utah, North Dakota), for solace. To the contrary, nearly 4-in-10 primary voters say they’d be ‘scared’ of what Trump would do in office if elected president.

“In defiance of Trump’s xenophobic appeals, 60 percent of Republicans favor giving illegal immigrants a path to legal status. Isolationism also took a hit, with Wisconsin Republicans demonstrating a clear preference for a more active foreign policy (49 percent) than a less active policy (28 percent).”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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